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Cricketer Yusuf Pathan suspended by BCCI over doping violation

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New Delhi, Jan 9: Cricketer Yusuf Pathan suspended by Indian cricket board (BCCI) over doping violation for five months on Tuesday. 

He had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Pathan’s explanation: BCCI, said in a statement.

“His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline, which is a specified substance prohibited both in and out of competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances,” it further added.

“On 27th October 2017, Mr Pathan 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”.

Pathan responded that a medication containing Terbutaline was mistakenly given to him, instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance.

“The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Pathan’s explanation that he had taken terbutaline inadvertently to treat an upper respiratory tract infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug. Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results.”

The cricket board, however, back-dated the period of ineligibility, which is slated to end on January 14.

Reacting to BCCI decision, Yusuf Pathan thanked the board for letting him plead his case in a ‘fair and reasonable manner’. He tweeted, “I wish to thank the @BCCI for allowing me to plead my case in a fair and reasonable manner.”

With this ban, Yusuf, a three-time IPL champion, will miss 2018 season. He played an integral part of Rajasthan Royals in 2008 before moving base to Kolkata Knight Riders.

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PV Sindhu in semis of BWF World Tour Finals

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 14: Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the BWF World Tour Finals, defeating Beiwen Zhand of US in a lop-sided women’s singles match here on Friday.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist just took 35 minutes to outplay her opponent 21-9, 21-15.

Right from the start, Sindhu dominated the proceedings and easily overpowered her opponent to advance.

In men’s singles match, Sameer Verma defeated Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-9, 21-18 to enter the knock-out stage.

The 45-minute match saw Sameer at his best of abilities in the first game. In the second game the Indian shuttler struggled but was proved better towards the end to bag the issue.

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Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap are married

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New Delhi, Dec 14: India’s ace badminton players Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap on Friday tied a wedding knot.

Nehwal took to Twitter to announce her marriage by sharing a photograph with Kashyap.

“Best match of my life…#justmarried”, she tweeted.

Later, Kashyap also shared a wedding picture with a caption “Best match of my life <3 “.

Both were dating each other since the past 10 years. Saina had confirmed the news of her wedding in October this year.

The two badminton players first met at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy where have been training since 2015.

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IND vs AUS, 2nd Test: Australia 277/6 at stumps on Day 1

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Perth, Dec 14: Australia were 277/6 at stumps on the opening day of the second Test match against India here on Friday.

Pat Cummins (11) and skipper Tim Paine (16) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

Brief scores:

Australia: 277/6 (Marcus Harris 70, Aaron Finch 50; Ishant Sharma 2/35) at stumps on Day 1 vs India.

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