Nikola Radjen is set to return to the water polo scene after a suspension by FINA that was cut in half by the Court for Sports Arbitration CAS. On Tuesday the experienced Serbian defender announced to have signed with Romania powerhouse CSM Digi Oradea where he will be eligible to play for starting February 17, 2017; exactly two years after being tested positive for cocaine use following a World League match in Madrid. The length of the contract reportedly is one-and-a-half years allowing Radjen to have the security of focussing on his play, not only for half the year of the upcoming season where he steps in but also the next full one, in the same place.
The 31-year old former player of Vojvodina Novi Sad, Partizan, NC Chios, Red Star and Olympiacos received a maximum 4-year ban by FINA’s Doping Committee following a failed drug test after a World League preliminary round match vs. Spain but successfully appealed at CAS who halved the sentence which will allow Radjen to make a return at the international stage, as Oradea is eyeing to make it to the Champions League preliminary stage hosting an upcoming qualification round 1 group.
At Oradea Radjen will step in a squad that consists of, among others, former Serbia national team-mate, goalie Gojko Pijetlovic and new additions Mateja Asanovic from Partizan and Croatia veteran centre-forward Boris Pavlovic from Jadran Split. Radjen is allowed to commence training in November preparing for his anticipated return in February of next year.
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