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Ganaha wins appeal over ban

Kyodo News

Japan striker Kazuki Ganaha succeeded in his appeal on Tuesday against a ban imposed on him for taking intravenous garlic infusions.

The 27-year-old was suspended for six games last year for breaking the J. League’s anti-doping rules after coming down with influenza.

Ganaha took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), who heard his case at a two-day hearing in Tokyo earlier this month.

Although Ganaha did not take a banned substance, intravenous treatment is banned by Japan’s domestic league in line with world soccer’s governing body FIFA.

The Kawasaki Frontale player was put on a drip by a club doctor. The J. League club was hit with a fine of around $100,000 for breaching the rules.