The captain of Nigeria’s local league club, Eyimba, Austin Oladapo has been placed on a one-year ban by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over an alleged doping violation.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) affirmed that Oladapo tested positive for the banned substance – Prednisolone/Prednisone after his urine sample was subjected to laboratory test. This was immediately after the Confederations Cup tie against Pyramids FC of Egypt on 16th of May, 2021.
According to CAF, the ban commenced on July 4, 2021; which is the date of notification of the provisional suspension.
As seen on CAF official website: “The result of the player Oladapo Augustine urine test in Bottle “A” which was collected in match N °153 between Pyramids FC (Egypt) Vs Enyimba FC (Nigeria), played on May 16, 2021 in the frame of Total CAF Confederation Cup 2020/2021 was considered positive due to the presence of a prohibited substance “Prednisolone/Prednisone”.
“On June 18, 2021, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was informed of the result and asked the player to indicate if he wishes to request the analysis of sample “B”.
“On June 22, CAF received the reply of Enyimba club through NFF indicating that the player has elected to not request the analysis of the ‘B’ sample.
“The club had indicated that any trace of the prohibited substance might have resulted from the prescribed medication the player was on during the same period, and they have communicated the club’s doctor’s report detailing the medications that were prescribed.
“The player Oladapo Augustine was provisionally suspended from all football activities until a final decision is rendered by CAF Disciplinary Board.”
Meanwhile, research carried out unveiled that Prednisone is a drug used to treat many different health conditions such as hormonal disorders, skin diseases, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, allergic conditions, ulcerative colitis, eye diseases, lung diseases, asthma, tuberculosis, blood cell disorders, kidney disorders, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, organ transplant rejection, swelling from a brain tumor or injury.
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