28-year old Delhi Dynamos defender Rana Gharami has been provisionally suspended by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) after testing positive for banned substances. Gharami’s samples from an Indian Super League match in Delhi on January 31st returned positive for prednisone and prednisolone metabolities.
In NADA’s list of banned substances, prednisolone and prednisone feature in Section 9 under glucocorticoids. It is used to treat arthritis, blood disorders, immune skin disorders and in some cases, cancer.
Rana does not have a “Therapeutic Use Exemption” for the substance and the only option he has is to either get his ‘B’ sample tested or accept the charge. If Gharami accepts the charge, a ban of four years for first time offenders will take into effect.
Gharami has tested positive for a banned substance and his (provisional) suspension has begun from the time he got the letter (from NADA).
He has been asked to explain how and why the banned drug went into his system and he is expected to do that.Club Source to PTI
Meanwhile, the Delhi Dynamos management have distanced themselves from the issue and released a club statement.
Delhi Dynamos Football Club has taken notice of the report by NADA on Mr Rana Gharami who plays as a defender for the ISL club.CLUB STATEMENT on Rana Gharami
The club would like to clarify that it is assisting Rana with the case but that does not mean that it was the club that handed out any banned substance to the defender.
The club has a very serious no doping policy and will not entertain any of its players or staff to indulge in the same.
The club’s medical team is working diligently with the player and his team in finding out the nature of the substance and why if at all it was consumed.
Rana Gharami moved to Delhi Dynamos from Mohun Bagan in 2018 and has made 14 appearances for them in the recently concluded 2018-19 ISL season.