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Inducted in Anti-Doping Appeals Panel, Virender Sehwag goes missing

Inducted in Anti-Doping Appeals Panel, Virender Sehwag goes missing

Akshat Mehrish

Published: 31 July 2018 7:13 AM GMT
Virender Sehwag has never shied away from his responsibilities on the pitch. Regardless of the target, the former Indian batsman always helped the team with his explosive style of batting. However, it seems that the ex-Indian opener has left that sense of duty on the pitch itself. Inducted in the Anti-Doping Appeals Panel, Sehwag is yet to attend a single hearing. Anti-Doping Appeals Panel was formed on November 9 of last year. Upon its formation, the ADAP became the highest body, in front of which, an athlete could appeal the sanctions imposed by the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. Virender Sehwag was one of the six members chosen for the panel, alongside Justice RV Easwar, advocate Vibha Datta Makhija, Dr Naveen Dang, Dr Harsh Mahajan, and Vinay Lamba. Justice Easwar was chosen as the head of the committee. So far the committee has met on several occasions. The cases of Powerlifter Sarita Rani, volleyball player Ayush, and boxer Rani Mumgai have all come across the ADAP bench. However, Sehwag has been absent from all the hearings.
“Virender Sehwag has not resigned from the ADAP Panel. He is very much a part of the panel. But yes, he has excused himself from the panel hearings till date,”
a source in the National Anti-Doping Agency told the Press Trust of India.  In doing so, Sehwag becomes the only person out of the chosen six to miss all the hearings so far. Every other member of the ADAP has been present on multiple occasions. Moreover, Sehwag has not tendered his resignation, indicating that he remains a member of the bench. The ex-Indian cricketer has already excused himself from the upcoming hearings in August. The rest of the bench is expected to meet as usual. Four dates are set in the coming months as of yet.
The first meeting of the ADAP is on August 10, as the panel has summoned the coach of Haryana athlete Ayush. A bench consisting of Vinay Lamba, Dr Harsh Mahajan, and Vibha Datta Makhija is expected to preside over the matter. Four days last on August 14, the bench consisting of Justice Easwar and Vinay Lamba will preside over the issues of Jithin Paul and Priyanka Panwar. Furthermore, the panel will meet on two more occasions, August 23 and September 6 to discuss further matters.
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