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Substance Abuse Haunts Confederations Cup Favorites, Tahiti

Substance Abuse Haunts Confederations Cup Favorites, Tahiti

Tahiti

 
Confederations Cup crowd favorites, Tahiti, is under the spotlight again. But this is far from being spectacular. From glory to shame, the club’s name was dragged into an alarming drug scandal.
 
The controversy came about when one of its players was positively identified for substance abuse. This was after a doping control test was conducted at the end of the Confederations Cup match held in Recife last 23 June 2013.
 
Due to the said result, the player was placed under a 30-day suspension. A disciplinary proceeding was also opened to further investigate this matter. Likewise, the unnamed footballer was invited to attend the said hearing. The player, however, refused to have his “B” sample examined.
 
Nevertheless, FIFA has already informed the Tahitian Football Association last 31 July. As for the player’s part he has until 08 August to confirm on whether he wants to have a hearing or not. But regardless of his decision, FIFA requires Tahiti to present a statement coupled with all the necessary documents and evidence.
 
The doping incident was not the first. Peru’s midfielder, Joel Sanchez suffered a 2-year ban after being tested positive with methylhexaneamine in the qualifying match against Bolivia last October.
 
Last week, it was confirmed another player from Jamaica failed the test during the qualifying match in Honduras last June.
 
In accordance with FIFA’s Anti-Doping provisions, only after the violation has been proven, will the organization announce the violator’s name, the substance abused and the penalties imposed.
 
Despite of being the Confederations Cup minnows and amateurs, Tahiti stole the public’s hearts. The team became more endeared to the viewers when Jonathan Tehau scored the country’s very first goal.
 
Confederations Cup crowd favorites, Tahiti, is under the spotlight again. But this is far from being spectacular. From glory to shame, the club’s name was dragged into an alarming drug scandal.
 
The controversy came about when one of its players was positively identified for substance abuse. This was after a doping control test was conducted at the end of the Confederations Cup match held in Recife last 23 June 2013.
 
Due to the said result, the player was placed under a 30-day suspension. A disciplinary proceeding was also opened to further investigate this matter. Likewise, the unnamed footballer was invited to attend the said hearing. The player, however, refused to have his “B” sample examined.
 
Nevertheless, FIFA has already informed the Tahitian Football Association last 31 July. As for the player’s part he has until 08 August to confirm on whether he wants to have a hearing or not. But regardless of his decision, FIFA requires Tahiti to present a statement coupled with all the necessary documents and evidence.
 
The doping incident was not the first. Peru’s midfielder, Joel Sanchez suffered a 2-year ban after being tested positive with methylhexaneamine in the qualifying match against Bolivia last October.
 
Last week, it was confirmed another player from Jamaica failed the test during the qualifying match in Honduras last June.
 
In accordance with FIFA’s Anti-Doping provisions, only after the violation has been proven, will the organization announce the violator’s name, the substance abused and the penalties imposed.
 
Despite of being the Confederations Cup minnows and amateurs, Tahiti stole the public’s hearts. The team became more endeared to the viewers when Jonathan Tehau scored the country’s very first goal.
 
 
Photo Credit: Zimbio | © Laurence Griffiths

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