Costa Rica’s Orlando Galo Tests Positive for Banned Steroid Ahead of World Cup 2022

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Orlando Galo Tests Positive for Banned Steroid
Orlando Galo Tests Positive for Banned Steroid

Orlando Galo Tests Positive for Banned Steroid Costa Rica midfielder Orlando Galo has tested positive for a banned steroid. This is a huge setback for Costa Rica as the World Cup is scheduled to kick off within a month. Galo tested positive for a banned substance in September. The news was confirmed by Costa Rica Football Federation (FCRD) on Tuesday. 

The 22 year old Orlando Galo’s urine test found traces of anabolic steroid clostebol. The examination was done after their match against South Korea which ended in a 2-2 draw in September. 

The FCRF official statement said, 

“The Costa Rican football federation announced that it has received a letter from FIFA notifying of the result of a doping test. The FCRF, on instructions from FIFA, has already notified the player, as well as Club Sport Herediano. It is important to clarify that, at this time, the player has not been disqualified from participating in any competition, because FIFA’s decision is awaited. Doping controls are part of the competition provisions that FIFA has prior to the World Cup and as it is an issue that is under investigation.”

Orlando Galo has 3-7 days to appeal after which FIFA will decide whether to impose suspension of not. This will also decide the participation of Galo at FIFA World Cup 2022.

Galo has played nine games for Costa Rica. He has been an important part of team which historically qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022. 

Costa Rica are part of Group E and will begin their campaign against Spain from 23rd November followed by Japan and Germany.

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