Dope Violation: NADA bans hockey goalie Chitke for 2 years, 4-year suspension for 5 others

New Delhi, October 19 (PTI) The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) banned hockey goalkeeper Akash Chitke for two years after he tested positive for a banned substance earlier this year.

Chitke was provisionally suspended by NADA as of March 27 and the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) imposed the minimum sanction of two years after a final hearing on October 8.

Chitke was found positive for the banned anabolic steroid (Norandrosterone) during an off-duty period. Competition test during the senior team hockey camp in Bengaluru on February 27.

The final order was uploaded to the agency's website late on Thursday, where it was mentioned that his drug-rape case was "involuntary" since he had taken medication for an injury. on his left foot.

However, along with Chitke, there were five other athletes in other disciplines, who were given suspensions for four years for violation of the anti-doping code, since they could not prove how prohibited it is

The other five are the wrestler Amit, kabaddi player Pradeep Kumar, weightlifter Narayan Singh, athletes Saurabh Singh, Baljeet Kaur and Simarjit Kaur.

One member of the ADDP Panel, who imposed sanctions on Chitke, is an Olympic and former hockey captain Jagbir Singh.

All athletes have three weeks to appeal against the sanction before the Anti-Doping Appeals Panel (ADAP) of the highest body of the NADA.

There is a possibility that NADA could press further sanctions on Chitke, who was part of the Indian team that won the Asian Men's Champions Trophy, as well as the Asian Cup in Dhaka.

According to the order of the NADA, the report of the Chitke urine sample had adverse analytical findings (AAF) for 19-Norandrosterone (19 NA, nandrolone metabolite or its precursor) at a concentration level higher than 15 ng / ml, anabolic androgenic steroid, which is a substance not specified according to the list of prohibitions of NADA / WADA.

Once the sample of Chitke & # 39; B & # 39; Also, due to a similar AAF finding, a hearing was held on August 13. The player appeared before the panel and said he had consumed the medications prescribed by his doctor for the treatment of his index finger on his left foot.

Although it was found that Chitke neither requested the Therapeutic Use Exemption Certificate (TUE Certificate) nor mentioned the injection administered in the Doping Control Form, he was able to demonstrate that he was not aware of the injection prescribed by the physician, to whom consulted in Pune.

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