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NADA gives Bajrang Punia an ultimatum, respond before May 7; wrestler says ‘my lawyer will send a detailed response’

New Delhi: Following reports of his provisional suspension order, Olympic bronze medalist Bajrang Punia made it clear on Sunday that he has never refused to hand over his sample.

“I want clarification about a report on my doping test. I never refused to drop off my sample, I asked them for a response about the expired kit they sent to pick up my sample. I wanted to know what action has been taken? I told them to please give me an answer and take my sample. My lawyer Vidhusphat Singhania will respond to this message soon,” Bajrang wrote on X.

According to The Tribune’s report, Punia had earlier refused to provide his sample during the March 10 selection procedure and the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) had issued him a notice.

“Subject to paragraph 4:1:2 below and in accordance with Article 7.4 of the NADR 2021, Bajrang Punia is immediately provisionally suspended from participating in any competition or activity prior to the final decision made at a hearing in this matter,” read an official press release from NADA dated April 23, a copy of which is attached IANS.

“You have the opportunity to request a preliminary hearing in a timely manner after the imposition of the preliminary suspension; or (b) an expedited hearing pursuant to Article 8 of the NADR 2021 in a timely manner after the imposition of the interim determination.

“Decisions regarding the provisional suspension may be challenged in accordance with Article 13.2 or the NADR 2021. In addition to the rights mentioned above, you have the option to provide an explanation to NADA India by 07/5/2024,” the statement said. . IANS

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