Update: India goalkeeper Subrata Pal has tested positive for a banned substance in Sample A and faces threat of being banned for four years.
According to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), players tested positive for the first time will face a ban for four years.
“I am shocked at this news that I failed a dope test. I have not got any official communication from the NADA or the AIFF. I am getting to know about this from the media.
will prove my innocence as I have played the game with honesty and integrity in my career of more than 10 years now,” Pal told PTI.
New Delhi: India goalkeeper Subrata Pal has tested positive for a banned substance, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on Tuesday.
“His sample A has tested positive,” AIFF secretary Kushal Das told Reuters.
National Anti-Doping Agency chief Navin Agarwal confirmed the former India captain was tested by NADA officials in March but declined to elaborate further.
The dope test was conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) in India’s national team camp, a day before the team left for Cambodia. NADA has confirmed Pal’s transgressions by sending a letter to the All India Football Federation, informing that the player had failed a dope test.
The 30-year-old was India’s number one choice under the bar before slipping down the pecking order, behind Norway-based Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, in recent times.
“It’s now between him and NADA. He has to decide whether he wants his B sample tested,” Das said. “But of course if he needs guidance, the federation is always there.”
It is not yet known the extent of the sanctions Pal will face now, but he will nevertheless be suspended.
Das however alleged conspiracy behind the attempts of conducting dope test on him.