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NADA bans hockey goalkeeper Chitke for 2 years for doping, 5 other athletes get 4-year bans

first_imgThe National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has handed hockey goalkeeper Akash Chitke a two-year ban after he tested positive for a prohibited substance earlier this year.Chitke was provisionally suspended by NADA from March 27 and a final decision of suspending him for two years was taken on October 8 after a final hearing by the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP).Chitke tested positive for banned anabolic steroid (Norandrosterone) during an out-of-competition test during the senior team’s hockey camp in Bengaluru on February 27.The final order was uploaded on agency’s website late on Thursday where it was mentioned that his case of dope violation was “unintentional” as he had taken medicine for an injury on his left foot.However along with Chitke, there were five other athletes across other disciplines, who were all handed four-year suspensions for violation of anti-doping code as they could not prove how prohibited substances entered their body.The five others are wrestler Amit, kabaddi player Pradeep Kumar, weightlifter Narayan Singh, athletes Saurabh Singh, Baljeet Kaur and Simarjit Kaur.One of the members of the ADDP Panel, which imposed sanctions on Chitke, is Olympian and former hockey captain Jagbir Singh.All the athletes have three weeks to appeal against the sanction to NADA’s highest body Anti Doping Appeals Panel (ADAP).There is a possibility that NADA might push for tougher sanctions on Chitke, who was a part of the Indian squad that won Asian Men’s Champions Trophy as well as Asia Cup in Dhaka.According to the NADA order, Chitke’s urine sample report had Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF) for 19-Norandrosterone (19 NA, metabolite of Nandrolone or its Precursor) at a concentration level greater than 15 ng/ml, Androgenic Anabolic Steroid, which is non-specified substance as per NADA/WADA prohibited list.advertisementOnce Chitke’s ‘B’ sample also showed similar AAF finding, a hearing was conducted on August 13. The player appeared before the panel and he said he had consumed medicines prescribed by his doctor for treatment of his index finger on his left foot.While it was proved that Chitke neither sought Therapeutic Use Exemption Certificate (TUE Certificate) nor did he mention about the injection taken on the Doping Control Form, he was able to establish that he had no knowledge of the injection prescribed by the physician, whom he consulted in Pune.Thus, he was able to avoid the maximum sanction of four years although NADA still has provision to appeal against this decision.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

2012 Trans Tasman Dates Announced

first_imgThe Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open sides will take to the field against New Zealand at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex, Mudgee, in a three day contest from Thursday, 26 April 2012 until Saturday, 28 April. The three game series will take place on Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday afternoon, with times to be confirmed closer to the event. Players will also march in the ANZAC Day parade in Mudgee on Wednesday, 25 April prior to the event. It is symbolic that they will meet on the ANZAC weekend, an occasion very special to both proud nations. Australia is still on a high from its 2011 World Cup performance, winning all three Open titles against the Kiwis and is hopeful of defending its Trans Tasman title, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and cause an upset to the Australian teams in their own backyard. For more information, please see the attached media release. Stay tuned to the Trans Tasman website in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Test Series for all of the latest news and information. http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6460-0-0-0  Related Filesttts_media_release_v1-pdflast_img read more