Adrian banned for 1 year
Former India hockey goalkeeper Adrian D'Souza was on Monday suspended for one year by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) for violating an anti-doping rule.
The decision was taken by NADA's disciplinary panel on Monday. D'Souza, who has more than 100 international caps to his name, had tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a by-product of marijuana, in a sample collected after the World Series Hockey match at Jalandhar in March last year. D'Souza was the captain of his side Mumbai Marines.
D'Souza provided an affidavit signed by a friend stating that he had attended a party in his house during which he had possibly potentially exposed himself to marijuana. Based on a supplementary affidavit submi
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tted by D'Souza on Monday, the day the order was scheduled to be pronounced, the disciplinary panel, headed by retired judge Dinesh Dayal, reduced the suspension to one year.
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