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Subrata Paul claims cough syrup led to positive dope test

Senior India goalkeeper Subrata Paul, who failed a dope test recently, had declared on 18 March that he was taking cough syrup.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper, who had been an integral part of many triumphant campaigns in the international arena, it was learnt on Wednesday, had filled in the form in the presence of national team doctor Sreejith Kamal just before the test.

As per the protocol, a player is supposed to declare the medicines he is taking before undergoing a test.

File photo of Subrata Paul. News18

File photo of Subrata Paul. News18

The five-page document is in possession of the All India Football Federation, well-placed sources said, and in one of the pages was Paul' s declaration about the drugs he was being prescribed.

Paul is staring at a career-threatening four-year ban for failing a dope test but has vowed to prove himself innocent by going for the confirmatory 'B' sample test.

The 30-year-old Paul returned positive for terbutaline in the tests conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency on his urine sample taken on 18 March during the national camp in Mumbai.

Terbutaline is a bronchodilator and is taken when people have trouble breathing or for medical conditions such as asthma. It is also present in commonly-used expectorants administered for cough and cold. But, athletes must apply for a TUE (therapeutic use exemptions) certificate if they want to use asthma-related drugs.

Under WADA rules, Paul has the right to request a confirmatory 'B' sample test. A first-time dope offender serves a maximum ban period of four years.

Updated Date: Apr 27, 2017 14:56 PM

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