BCCI suspends Shaw for taking prohibited Terbutaline
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that right-handed batsman Prithvi Shaw is suspended for doping violation. Shaw was found guilty of taking Terbutaline which is prohibited in and out of competitions.
“Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In and Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances,” said BCCI in a statement released on Tuesday. “Prithvi Shaw registered with Mumbai Cricket Association, has been suspended for doping violation.”
“On 16th July 2019, 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,” continued BCCI.
“Shaw responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV but asserting that it was inadvertent, being caused by his ingestion of the over the counter cough syrup he had taken for his cough.”
Terbutaline is commonly found in cough syrups to treat problems related to breathing. According to BCCI rules, a player needs to get a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) before he can take Terbutaline. However, the opening batsman Shaw did not get a TUE before using it to treat a respiratory tract infection.
“Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Shaw's explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of eight months should apply, together with disqualification of certain results,” stated BCCI.
BCCI explained that the suspension is backdated because discretion of Shaw’s case was needed.
“Under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.3, Shaw is entitled to full credit against that period of ineligibility for the provisional suspension that he has been serving since 16th July 2019,” said BCCI. “In addition, because Shaw promptly admitted his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start of the period of Ineligibility to the date of sample collection (22nd February 2019). However, the BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 also requires Shaw to actually serve one half of the period of ineligibility.”
“Therefore, further to BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2, the eight-month period of Ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on 16th March 2019, so that it will end at midnight on 15th November 2019.”
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