On 27 December 2021 the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel of India (ADDPI) decided to impose a 4 year period of ineligibility on the Athlete Vishvendra Singh after he tested positive for the prohibited substance Darbepoetin (dEPO). Hereafter the Athlete appealed the Decision with the Anti-Doping Appeal Panel of India (ADAPI).
The Athlete denied the intentional use of the substance and requested for a reduced sanction. He explained that the prescribed medication he used was the source of the positive test whereas he was unaware that this medication contained a prohibted substance.
INADA contended that without corroborating evidence the Athlete failed to demonstrate that the violation was not intentional while he also didn't mention his medication on the Doping Control Form.
The Appeal Panel confirms that the presence of the prohibited substance has been established in the Athlete's sample and accordingly that he committed an anti-doping rule violation.
The Appeal Panel concludes that the Athlete failed to establish that the violation was not intentional nor grounds for No Fault or Negligence.
Therefore ADAPI decides on 29 April 2022 to dismiss the Athlete's appeal and to confirm the ADDPI Decision of 27 December 2021 for the imposition of a 4 year period of inelgibility on the Athlete.