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Prithvi Shaw accepts doping ban

August 1, 2019

A disappointed Prithvi Shaw, who has been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for eight months for a doping violation, released a statement on social media.

Prithvi says that he drank a consumed substance unknowingly in the form of a cough syrup. Although shaken by the ban, he said he wanted other sportspersons to be careful about the drug they consume. Prithvi has been banned for eight months starting 16 March 2019.

I have come to know today that I will not be able to play cricket till mid November 2019. This is in light of a prohibited substance present in the cough syrup which I inadvertently took when I had severe cough & cold while playing for my Mumbai team during Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament in Indies in Feb 2019. I was coming back off a foot injury which I suffered during the India tour of Australia & I was returning to active cricket in that tournament. However, out of my eagerness to play, I didn't follow the protocol of being careful in consuming a basic over the counter cough syrup. - Prithvi Shaw, Cricketer

Adding that he accepted his fate with sincerity, Prithvi said the news had shaken him. "I have to take this in my stride & hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity too in India that we as athletes need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter & we need to always follow the protocol".

The BCCI in an earlier statement said that Prithvi's urine sample was found to contain Terbutaline. "Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances. ..Shaw was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge".

Prithvi also thanked the BCCI for the support shown and added, "cricket is my life & there is no bigger pride for me than playing for India & Mumbai and I will come out of this faster & stronger. Thank you again everyone for your support."

Along with Prithvi, two other domestic players, Akshay Dullarwar of Vidarbha and Divya Gajraj of Rajasthan, have also violated the anti-doping code. The suspension rules Prithvi out of India's home series against Bangladesh and South Africa.

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