NBA player Satnam Singh joins farmer's protest on the day he was banned for doping
Satnam Singh is the first-ever Indian to feature in the National Basketball Association, in the United States of America. He was drafted by Dallas Mavericks in 2015, while he has played for Texas Legends and St. John's Edge. He hails from Baloke, Punjab.
Indian basketball player Satnam Singh has been dealt with a setback in his professional career, as he has been handed a ban by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), on Thursday. He has been suspended for two years.
Satnam, who hails from Punjab, became the first Indian player to be picked in the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft, in the United States of America. It was in 2015 when Dallas Mavericks drafted him, while he has gone on to play for a couple of teams, Texas Legends (2015-17) and St. John's Edge (2018-19).
As for his doping charge, he tested positive for Higenamine Beta-2-Agonist. "Satnam Singh Bhamara, basketball player, tested positive for Higenamine Beta-2-Agonist. Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel has imposed two years ineligibility on him," Nada announced in a tweet.
Higenamine also features in the banned list of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In 2017, it was listed as a beta-2 agonist, deeming it completely illegal to use at all times.
Meanwhile, following his ban, Satnam has joined the ongoing farmer's protest in India. Incidentally, it all happened on the very same day, i.e. Thursday. "We stand with farmers. We have come to offer our services, so they don't face any problems," he said, according to a source.