Hockey goalkeeper Akash Chitke’s suspension reduced to 13 months

Vastavam web: Hockey goalkeeper Akash Chitke’s two-year dope suspension was Thursday reduced to 13 months after the National Anti-Doping Agency concluded that the player did not take the prohibited substance “intentionally”.

Chitke, a former India player, was provisionally suspended by NADA’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) for a minimum of two years for using banned anabolic steroid (Norandrosterone) during an out-of-competition test during the senior team’s hockey camp in Bengaluru on February 27 last year.

But Chitke’s punishment has been reduced by the Anti-Doping Appeal Panel (ADAP) following a hearing here Thursday.

“The Disciplinary Panel after going through all the records concluded that the appellant had not committed the anti-doping violation intentionally,” the ADAP said in its judgement.