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Ashutosh Mehta BANNED: Ashutosh Mehta Doping: The Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (NADA) has suspended Indian international Ashutosh Mehta for two years for a …

Ashutosh Mehta Banned: Ashutosh Mehta Doping: The Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (NADA) has suspended Indian international Ashutosh Mehta for two years for a doping offence. In a ruling dated September 14, the panel suspended the former Mohun Bagan defender for a morphine-related offence. Follow Indian Football LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN.

Mehta was tested by NADA in an ATK Mohun Bagan match in Goa on 8 February 2022 against Hyderabad FC. He did not make the starting line-up. During the hearing, the player claimed that he was given the medication by a teammate and mistook it for an Ayurvedic remedy.

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Ashutosh Mehta BANNED: Former ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder Ashutosh Mehta given 2-year BAN by NADA after failing dope test, follow LIVE updates

Ashutosh Mehta BANNED: Former ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder Ashutosh Mehta given 2-year BAN by NADA after failing dope test, follow LIVE updates

Mehta had played 207 games across all leagues in India, including significant stints with MumbaiCity Aizawl, Mohun Bagan along with North East United FC in the ISL and most recently ATK Mohun Bagan last season. Mehta was named for the first time in the 35-man national camp on 2 March 2021 ahead of India’s friendlies against Oman and UAE. He made his debut on 25 March against Oman, which ended 1–1. However, the defender was rumored to join Chennaiyin FC this season.

But with the suspension, it could be a career stop for the 31-year-old. Mehta provided significant assistance to NADA in obtaining a reduced sanction by naming the teammate who allegedly gave him the drug to help him recover from “body pain.” It was not accepted as “insignificant”. It was noted that the other player had turned a “Negative”.

“The order containing the decision of the Anti-Doping disciplinary panel dated 14.09.2022 regarding the final processing of the above case held on 07.09.2022 is attached.

Please note that in accordance with Article 13.2.2 of the NADA 2021 Anti-Doping Rules, the deadline for filing an appeal with the National Anti-Doping Appeals Panel shall be twenty-one (21) days from the date of receipt of this decision per the appealing party. The complaint can be lodged at the above address.

Also note that under Article 10.7.1-(Substantial Assistance in Discovering or Establishing Anti-Doping Rule Violations). Any imposed period of ineligibility may be partially suspended if you assist NADA in disclosing and/or establishing an ADRV of another Athlete or Athlete Support Personnel pursuant to Article 10.7.1 ADR. Furthermore, the athlete will be subject to doping control tests during the period of exclusion, therefore the athlete is required to update his residential address as and when it changes.” stated the official report to Mehta.

Ashutosh Mehta BANNED: Former ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder Ashutosh Mehta given 2-year BAN by NADA after failing dope test, follow LIVE updates
Ashutosh Mehta BANNED: Former ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder Ashutosh Mehta given 2-year BAN by NADA after failing dope test, follow LIVE updates

Mehta’s two-year suspension period would begin on June 24, 2022 because he accepted a voluntary interim suspension. Morphine is a “specified substance” that will normally result in a two-year suspension. Mehta has the option of appealing this decision to the Anti-Doping Appeal Panel (ADAP).

Ashutosh Mehta BANNED: Former ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder Ashutosh Mehta given 2-year BAN by NADA after failing dope test, follow LIVE updates

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