2/15/2019 6:10:10 PM (GMT+3)

NADA provisionally bans tennis player Aryaan Bhatia

NADA provisionally bans tennis player Aryaan Bhatia

NEW DELHI: India’s Aryaan Bhatia became the country’s first tennis player to fail a dope test and was put under provisional suspension, the National Anti-Doping Agency said on Friday.

The 16-year-old’s urine sample was taken during the National Championship here in October last year.

The NADA had collected samples for the first time from the players during the competition.

Meanwhile, All India Tennis Association Secretary General Hiranmoy Chatterjee said that the player did not take the banned substance knowingly.

“It’s a case of ignorance, a mistake has been made. Aryaan Bhatia had cold and he took a medicine as prescribed by a doctor. He was not aware that the medicine carried banned substance,” said Chatterjee.

Last month, the national doping agency provisionally suspended Sandeep Kaur (powerlifting), Ankit Gosai (handball), Jithu Thomas (volleyball), Yaiphaba (canoeing), Vishal Singh (kayaking and canoeing) and Shivam Kasana (cycling) for flunking dope tests.