Ban lifted on Subrata Paul, NADA asks AIFF to take action on team doctor
N ATIONAL Anti Doping Agency ( NADA) on Wednesday lifted provisional suspension on ace Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul after the latter was found not guilty by the Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel ( ADDP).
However, the panel has asked the All India Football Federation ( AIFF) to take stern action against team doctor Sreejith Kamal, who was found guilty for recommending Paul Terbutaline -- the drug that was eventually found in Paul's sample.
" Since no significant part fault was seen from Paul's side, the suspension has been revoked and we have warned AIFF to avoid such incidents in future. The team doctor ( Kamal) has admitted to negligence from his part and we have asked AIFF to take action against him," NADA Director General Navin Agarwal told M AIL T ODAY . " The panel will also review AIFF's action against the doctor
and will ask for changes if necessary," he added. The AIFF meanwhile, says it will review the NADA report and take proper decision.
" We haven't received any report from NADA but if it is the case, we will review it," General Secretary Kushal Das told M AIL T ODAY . Paul had tested positive for a prohibited substance, Terbutaline -- a Beta 2 in the national camp in March but was waved off a provisional ban then due to the drug being non specific.
The Spiderman, as he is known, however, opted for a provisional suspension than asking for a Sample B test later in May and told head coach Stephen Constantine that he wants to go for rehabilitation.
National team doctor Kamal had already admitted to have advised Paul to take the cough syrup that eventually led to player's ' A' Sample returning positive.
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Paul, along with Kamal, held an informal meeting with NADA in May. During the meeting, Kamal supposedly confessed that he gave the cough syrup to Paul and moreover, failed to report it to the federation or NADA. Punebased Kamal now looks at a ban
for minimum two years or sacking.
Looking at AIFF's previous track records of taking disciplinary actions, a ban is the more likely option.
" My advise to the federation will be to sack the doctor. Such incidents are not acceptable, with the players playing at international level. A ban is also an option but firing him would be visable as he shouldn't be allowed to stay after such a horrendous mistake. It is because of him, the substance was found in Paul's sample," Agarwal said. AIFF is expected to take decision on the matter next week but the focus will now be on Paul who is set free.
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