Doping in sports is unacceptable, says Virat Kohli

Kohli though said there's always the possibility of an athlete taking banned substances by mistake without being fully aware of its specifications.

updated: July 19, 2013 20:31 IST
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Mumbai: Indian cricket team vice-captain Virat Kohli on Friday said doping in sport is simply not acceptable and called for the harshest possible punishment for those who bring disrepute to the game.

Kohli's comments came in the wake of Delhi Ranji player and Kolkata Knight Rider's promising left-arm seamer Pradeep Sangwan failing a random dope test during the sixth edition of the IPL. Sangwan is only the second cricketer in the history of IPL after Pakistani speedster Mohammad Asif to have been found guilty of consuming banned drugs.

"This (doping) is not at all acceptable. Whoever doesn't respect sport, corrupts it, should be handed the harshest punishment. Sport gives you everything in life. If you can't respect the game, you don't deserve to be there. Strict punishment should be given to the guilty," said Kohli on the sidelines of a function here.

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