Satnam had been slapped with a provisional suspension in November last year, after he failed an out-of-competition test conducted in Bangalore by NADA during a preparatory camp for the South Asian Games.
However, he had disputed the charges levelled against him and had requested NADA for a hearing by its Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP). The hearing was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent suspension of its activities by NADA due to the lockdown.
“Satnam Singh Bhamara, Basketball Player tested positive for Higenamine Beta-2-Agonist. Anti Doping Discpilinary Panel has imposed 2 years Ineligbility on him. @YASMinistry @BFI_basketball,” NADA tweeted on Thursday.
The order means Bhamara’s suspension will end on November 19 next year, with the ban period starting retrospectively on the same day in 2019.
Five years ago, Bhamara created history when he was picked in the NBA draft by Dallas Mavericks.
The 7’2” hoopster from Punjab played for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA’s Summer League and spent two years with the Texas Legends, a G-League affiliate of the Mavericks.
After returning to India for a year, Bhamara again made history in September, 2018 by becoming the first Indian cager to play in the National Basketball League of Canada, after signing a deal with St John’s Edge.
He has represented India in major tournaments like Asian Championships, 2018 Commonwealth Games, and 2019 World Cup Qualifiers. His inspirational life story was the subject of a documentary “One in a Billion”. (UNI)