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India football goalkeeper Subrata Paul fails dope test

Paul is allowed to ask for a second test. Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 25, 2017, 05.36 AM (IST)

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

"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
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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."

(Reuters)

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