Indian Spiderman flunked dope test, years of hardwork in threat

Arka Acharya  |  Neroca FC  |  1 Year Ago

Inarguably the most celebrated goalkeepers in Indian Football history and probably the best of this generation ,Arjuna Awardee  Subrata Paul has failed a dope test conducted by the National anti-doping agency (NADA) and now staring at a career-threatning four year ban.


This may come as a shock to the Indian Football fans that the 30-year old’s ‘A’ sample has been tested positive for a banned steroid.


The NADA conducted a dope test in Mumbai when the Indian Men’s football team were heading to Cambodia for a friendly match and the AFC cup 2019 group qualifier tie against Myanmar on March 18th. According to reports, a letter regarding the same has been issued by the NADA to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) showing disappontment.


Paul has already expressed his shock to hear the news and pleaded not guilty while insisting there is no point in cheating his country.


“I am shocked to hear this news . I have not done anything wrong. I am trying to get in touch with federation and also NADA. There is no official message given to me on dope test. I have played for the country and there is no point to cheat with football. As of now I’m not conveyed about dope test failure”, Subrata said.



Paul, who made his debut in 2007 ,has made a total 60 appearances for the National team so far, is now facing quite a controversy. He has already vowed to prove himself innocent by going for the ‘B’ sample test.


“I have had a bronchial problem and I am not aware of TUE(Therapeutic Use Exemption)”. Paul ,whose heroics under the bar in the 2008 AFC challenge cup final is part of Indian Football’s  folklore added.


AIFF General secretary Mr.Kushal Das said-"Yes ,Subrata Paul’s  ‘A’ sample has returned positive for a banned substance and he can be years away from football if his ‘B’ sample also tests positive”.


According to FIFA regulation, a player who fails a drug test must be suspended by his /her federation within a week of the result. Currently there has been no update on the AIFF’s action against Paul.


The 30-year old Arjuna Awardee was first choice goalkeeper but has recently been displaced by Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.



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