McCullum opens up on testing positive in 2016

Brendon McCullum speaks testing positive excessive amount of salbutamol during 2016 Indian Premier League IPL New Zealand cricket

Brendon McCullum: “I have no ill-feeling about [the process] and I also have no guilt or remorse about it because I needed a puff of my inhaler at that time”

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Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has cleared the air about why he tested positive for an excessive amount of salbutamol while representing the Gujarat Lions in the 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

McCullum explained that he suffers from asthma and due to the heavy levels of pollution in Delhi, he was forced to take more than his usual dose of medication.

As a result, his urine sample was found to have an excessive amount of salbutamol.

When the BCCI spoke to McCullum about the findings, he managed to obtain a retroactive therapeutic use exemption from independent medical experts in Sweden.

McCullum made it clear that he doesn’t see it as a failed drug test, even though the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules state that any dosage that exceeds the limit of therapeutic use will be seen as a doping violation.

“There was a bit of a process to go through to make sure they had all the information and ticked off the areas they wanted to see, but we went through it all and [the BCCI] were actually pretty good to work with in the end,” McCullum was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. “I certainly don’t see it as a failed drug test. It was just a case of we just need to seek clarification and apply for this.

“I have no ill-feeling about [the process] and I also have no guilt or remorse about it because I needed a puff of my inhaler at that time.”

McCullum’s doctors and legal team had prepared evidence in his defence, which had already been successful last January, but he opted to clear the air in order to set the record straight.

“I’ve heard this sort of rumbling around in the background for a while and I actually said to my wife, ‘I don’t know why we don’t just deal with this now, I’ve got nothing to hide and it is better off just talking about stuff rather than having other people talking about it’. Otherwise it just grows and festers,” he said. “As far as I am concerned it was just a matter of making sure we got everything signed off properly, rather than it being a failed drug test.”

He jokingly added: “I don’t bat for long enough for it to make a difference anyway.”

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