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India soccer goalkeeper Subrata Paul fails dope test

Reuters logo Reuters 25-04-2017

India goalkeeper Subrata Paul has tested positive for a banned substance, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on Tuesday.

India's goalkeeper Paul tries to stop the ball against Syria during their final match at the ONGC Nehru Cup soccer tournament in New Delhi © REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files India's goalkeeper Paul tries to stop the ball against Syria during their final match at the ONGC Nehru Cup soccer tournament in New Delhi

"His sample A has tested positive," AIFF secretary Kushal Das told Reuters.

National Anti-Doping Agency chief Navin Agarwal confirmed the former India captain was tested by NADA officials in March but declined to elaborate further.

The 30-year-old was India's number one choice under the bar before slipping down the pecking order, behind Norway-based Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, in recent times.

Paul did not take calls when Reuters contacted him.

"It's now between him and NADA. He has to decide whether he wants his B sample tested," Das said.

"But of course if he needs guidance, the federation is always there."

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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