Sreejith Kamal has been sacked as team doctor of the Indian football team. The decision comes as a result of the directives of the National Anti-Doping Agency after their examination of Kamal’s actions in the recent Subrata Paul doping fiasco. Punith Kenchappa Giriyappa has been announced as team doctor for the Indian U-23 side that plays AFC U-23 Championships 2018 qualifiers, according to the Press Trust of India.
Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul had tested positive for Terbutaline (Beta-2-Agonist) which is has been classified by the World Anti-Doping Authority as a banned substance. NADA said that Pal was successfully able to prove that the dope violation was not intentional or deliberate on his part during his hearings with the Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP). NADA later said that Kamal had failed to take care while prescribing the proper medicine to the veteran goalkeeper.
“In view of the decision by the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel of NADA, All India Football Federation has appointed Dr. Punith Kenchappa Giriyappa as the team doctor for the India U-23 National Team for the forthcoming AFC U-23 Championship 2018 qualifiers to be held in Qatar from July 19, 2017. As the governing body of Indian Football, AIFF is committed to strictly adhering to all the relevant anti-doping guidelines and has a zero-tolerance policy towards any violation in this regard.” the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said in a statement.
Punith Kenchappa Giriyappa was part of the medical team for the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League in Bengaluru. He has also been a part of the medical team for the Pro Kabbadi League in Bengaluru in 2016.