10 Aug 2019
Fresh doubts emerge regarding Prithvi Shaw's dope test: Details here
There seems to be no stopping of doubts regarding the dope test failure involving Prithvi Shaw.
The story involves Shaw taking cough syrup for having a cold and cough, while he tested positive for a banned substance called Terbutaline.
While he was handed a backdated ban by the BCCI, Mumbai coach, along with the physiotherapist, had no clue regarding his cough and cold.
Samant and Tomar had no clue regarding Shaw's cough situation
The BCCI report mentioned that Shaw had developed symptoms of cough during the team's travel to Indore.
However, Mumbai coach Vinayak Samant and physiotherapist Deep Tomar feel otherwise.
"He had a slight fever. But, there were no symptoms of cough or cold. Neither did he approach us with any complaints, nor did he ask for remedy," said both to Times of India.
Shaw consulted his father to get remedy from pharmacy: BCCI
As per the BCCI's report, prepared by anti-doping manager Abhijit Salvi, it says that Shaw had consulted his father, who suggested him to obtain a remedy from a pharmacy.
"Shaw visited a local pharmacy close to the hotel in Indore, where a pharmacist recommended to him an over-the-counter syrup that he said would provide immediate relief," said the report.
Shaw was aware of cough syrups containing Terbutaline
"Basically, Shaw is admitting he knew most cough syrups contain Terbutaline. He knew it but still took it. What is happening here?" a source was quoted as saying to TOI again, while Shaw does not remember the cough syrup brand he consumed.
No clarity on certain areas
Amidst all this chaos, there are certain areas which lack enough clarity.
It is being said that people, who closely knew Shaw, have mentioned that he and his father were not close enough and hardly used to talk to each other.
Moreover, it is also being said that Shaw had a doctor at the team hotel, while he insisted on speaking to his father.
Amidst all the chaos, NCA head should address the media
It is evident that there was quite a miscommunication and misunderstanding regarding the entire issue. With multiple sources claiming multiple reports, the author believes that it's time NCA head Toofan Ghosh, along with head physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik, addresses the media on the same.