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New Delhi, Sept 12: Athlete Priyanka Panwar banned for 8 years by by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) after testing positive again for banned performance enhancing substance.

Priyanka Panwar was one of the premier 400m runners of the country for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and  had tested positive for stimulant mephentermine during the Inter-State Athletics Championships that was held at Hyderabad from 28 June to 2 July.

She is banned for eight years as it was her second offence. She had earlier turned positive in 2011 for an anabolic steroid.

Panwar had cited that her case fell under the ambit of Article 10.4 of the NADA Code 2015 Elimination of the Period of Ineligibility where there is “No Fault or Negligence” that says, “If an athlete or other person establishes in an individual case that he or she bears no fault or negligence, then the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility shall be eliminated.”

The three-member Anti-doping and Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) headed by Ramnath, Dr Bikash Medhi and Ashok Kumar disregarded the defence mounted by Vidushpat Singhania, Panwar’s lawyer, that alleged that the adverse analytical finding for mephentermine happened because she was administered mucaine gel by Dr Vipin Kumar Sharma to counter “constant pain in both back and stomach”.

The panel, however, did not take heed of his affidavit as two things went against the athlete. The prescription never mentioned the drug and during his deposition the “doctor was silent on this issue and kept saying that he orally advised SOS”. So the panel was of the view that his statement was made simply to favour the athlete.

What also clinched the case against Panwar was National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) laboratory director Shila Jain’s deposition and the panel concurred that “Ms Panwar has probably ingested mephentermine and phentermine directly and not through mucaine gel”.

Panwar’s counsel further stated that since she wasn’t part of the 2016 Rio Olympic team – she stood fifth in the 400m (women) qualifying race and therefore wasn’t going to the Olympics – she would not think on the lines of doping, Firstpost reported.

“This submission, to our mind is also not helpful to the athlete for taking her case in Article 10.4 as the questioned event was a competitive event and admittedly, she participated in the event and, therefore, what she had in mind, the panel is not concerned; the theory of taking mucaine gel by the athlete could not be established, as discussed above and conclusion drawn,” the report reads.

Strangely, Panwar in her reply has asserted that “she was unaware of any Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) permission to be obtained from NADA for the use of the said medicine”.

In another case, teenager javelin thrower Rohit Yadav has been banned for one year for returning positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. The first doping offence according to the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) stipulates a four-year ban.

However, the ADDP led by Rajeev Kapoor chose to be lenient towards the athlete as he was only 16. “…we cannot lose the sight that the athlete is minor of 16 years of age and as claimed by him, he was neither aware of the prohibited substances of NADA’s anti-doping rules nor anyone advised about these. Further, he also submitted that he hails from a rural village”.

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Win over Kolkata Knight Riders result of positive cricket: Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul

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Sharjah, Oct 27 : Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) here on Monday was the outcome of “positive cricket”, said winning team captain KL Rahul after his team’s fifth consecutive win that took them to fourth spot and kept them interested in the Indian Premier League playoffs.

“It’s something we all collectively decided to do — to go out there and play positive cricket. We all believed that things can turn around for us. All five wins, it’s a complete team effort; it’s not one person and one individual. Every game, it’s been different person putting their hands up,” Rahul said after the match.

“Batting’s looking good; bowling is looking good. We have fielded really well throughout the tournament; happy that everything is coming together and fingers crossed that we can win two more games. It’s so hard when you are away from your family. With the bubble, you don’t have the close ones,” he said.

Rahul picked Mandeep Singh, who scored a 56-ball 66, for special mention. “The kind of toughness he has shown has rubbed off on other boys as well. The way he played today, it makes everyone emotional. He’s gone through a rough time, just to put his hand up, be there and finish the game for the team would make him proud and make his father proud,” said the captain.

On picking two leg-spinners — Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi — in the playing XI, Rahul said: “When you have Anil Kumble as the coach, it’s not surprising that we are playing with two leg-spinners. It’s something that he had in his mind even before the IPL started. He always kept telling me that towards the second half or at some point that two leg-spinners is always an aggressive option. He’s worked really hard on the spinners, not just the guys who are playing but also the guys who haven’t played.”

Losing KKR captain Eoin Morgan found that going from ground to ground in the United Arab Emirates was a challenge.

“Particularly here at Sharjah, you have to counterattack if you lose early wickets, and identify the wicket early. Disappointed with the partnerships, thought we could have scored more. When we were three down, we wanted a partnership going. Around 180-190 would have been a good score, but we kept losing wickets. That’s one of the challenges this year, going from ground to ground,” said the England captain.

“Hopefully we adjust to the conditions in Dubai. That’s the nature of the tournament; there are not many bad sides. Our fate is in our own hands in the last two games. I think [Shubman] Gill scoring runs [57] and restricting the Kings till the 11th or 12th over, those were the positives,” he pointed out.

Both KXIP and KKR have 12 points each, though the former climbed to the fourth spot, thanks to their better net-run rate (-0.049). KKR have a net run rate of -0.479. The top four teams qualify for the playoffs.

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IPL Cricket : Stokes, Samson roar back to form as Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets

Brief scores: MI 195/5 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 60 not out, Suryakumar Yadav 40; Shreyas Gopal 2/30) vs RR 196/2 in 20 overs (Ben Stokes 107 not out, Sanju Samson 54 not out; James Pattinson 2/40)

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Abu Dhabi, Oct 25 : Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson made a mockery of a target of 196 set for them by the Mumbai Indians (MI) by helping Rajasthan Royals (RR) chase down with eight wickets and nearly two overs to spare. Stokes remained unbeaten on 107, thus scoring his second Indian Premier League (IPL) century and his highest score in T20s yet, while Samson was unbeaten on 54 as they ended their innings on 196/2 in reply to MI’s 195/5.

Stokes and Samson’s stunning assault produced as many as 65 runs between the 11th and 16th overs, thus leaving them needing 24 runs to chase off the last 24 balls. Their unbeaten third wicket partnership was worth a whopping 152 runs off just 82 balls after Stokes hit a six and a four off the first two balls of the 19th over bowled by James Pattinson to end the game. Pattinson was the only bowler to take wickets for MI, dismissing Stokes’ opener Robin Uthappa and RR captain Steve Smith early on in the innings.

Stokes is the first England player to have scored two centuries to his name in the IPL. He had earlier scored an unbeaten 103 for Rising Pune Supergiant against Gujarat Lions in the 2017 season. RR have also broken the record for the highest succesfull chase by any team against MI in the IPL. The win keeps RR’s slender hopes of making it to the playoffs alive as they remain level on points with fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab and two points behind fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders.

Earlier, it was Hardik Pandya’s 21-ball 60 that propelled MI to 195/5. Pandya’s carnage meant that MI, who had been reeled in by RR after a good start, milked 79 runs of the last five overs. He hit four sixes in the 18th over bowled by Ankit Rajpoot and the over produced 27 runs. Kartik Tyagi bowled the last over in which Pandya hit three sixes and two fours, thus sending another over for 27 runs.

Brief scores: MI 195/5 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 60 not out, Suryakumar Yadav 40; Shreyas Gopal 2/30) vs RR 196/2 in 20 overs (Ben Stokes 107 not out, Sanju Samson 54 not out; James Pattinson 2/40)

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Kapil Dev discharged from hospital after angioplasty

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New Delhi, Oct 25 : India’s first World Cup-winning cricket captain Kapil Dev was on Sunday discharged from the hospital after undergoing a successful angioplasty.

He was admitted to the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in South Delhi after suffering a cardiac arrest last Thursday, following which he had undergone angioplasty surgery as a treatment. Angioplasty is a procedure to restore blood flow through the artery.

“Mr. Kapil Dev got discharged today afternoon. He’s doing fine and can resume his regular daily activity soon. He’ll be under regular follow-up consultation with Dr. Atul Mathur,” a statement from the hospital read.

He was admitted to the hospital at around 1 am on Friday, and Dr Atul Mathur, Director of Cardiology Department successfully performed an emergency coronary angioplasty.

The ‘Haryana Hurricane’ himself tweeted late on Friday night to express his gratitude to his fans and friends. “Thank you all for all the love and concern. I am overwhelmed with the good wishes and well on the road to recovery,” he wrote.

The 62-year-old was working as a cricket expert during the ongoing IPL 2020.

Kapil held the world record for most Test wickets (434) for over six years until it was broken by Courtney Walsh of the West Indies. The other big achievement of Kapil was to lead India to World Cup triumph in 1983, when the team was considered minnows in limited-overs cricket.

He played 131 Tests and 225 ODIs between 1978 and 1994.

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