Mumbai FC player''s ''B'' sample also returns positive

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New Delhi, Feb 11 (PTI) The ''B'' sample of Mumbai FCmidfielder Nishant Mehra has also returned positive for aprohibited substance, raising the possibility of an I-Leagueplayer being banned for doping for the first time.

Mehra tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, a WADAin-competition prohibited substance, becoming the firstfootballer in the history of the I-League to fail a dope test.

Mehra''s ''B'' sample, which was tested yesterday in hispresence at the National Anti-Doping Agency headquarters here,has tested positive for the same banned substance, NADADirector General Rahul Bhatnagar told PTI.

"His (Mehra''s) ''B'' sample has also tested positive and wehave sent a second notice to him. He will have to appearbefore the NADA Anti-Doping panel but the date will be decidedlater on," Bhatnagar said.

Bhatnagar said NADA has not imposed any provisionalsuspension on Mehra as tetrahydrocannabinol was not in thenon-specified substance category in the WADA list.

"The federation (AIFF) might have done it (provisionalsuspension) but we have not imposed on any suspension becausethe substance was not in the non-specified category of theWADA list," Bhatnagar said.

"NADA panel will hear the case and decide whether to puthim on provisional suspension and also on the penalty to behanded," he said.

I-League Chief Executive said the federation is yet toget the ''B'' sample result but confirmed that the AIFF hadimposed the provisional suspension from its side.

"We have imposed the provisional suspension on the playerfrom our side. But we are yet to receive the ''B'' sampleresult," he said.

Tetrahydrocannabinol is basically a synthetic drug foundin cannabis and used in parties. It is not a performanceenhancing drug.

Random dope tests in the I-League started last month inPune and so far it has been conducted on nine out of the 14participating teams.

Tests on the remaining five sides are expected to be donein the ongoing XIV Round and the XV Round matches.

As per Asian Football Confederation guidelines, the dopetests are being conducted by NADA at the behest of the AllIndia Football Federation for the first time in the I-Leaguethis year.

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