Serbian water polo player Nikola Radjen will be back in the pool on February 18, after a 2-year suspension due to use of cocaine. The 31-year old water polo player will make his debut for Oradea in the Euro Cup semifinals leg 2 match against Sport Management.
Radjen failed a drug test on February 17, 2015, after a World League preliminary round match vs. Spain, which got him a maximum 4-year ban by FINA’s Doping Committee in May 2015. However, the suspension was cut in half in June, 2015, by the Court for Sports Arbitration (CAS) which noted that the sentence runned from February 17, when he had failed the test.
According to his recent statement for Serbian Vecernje Novosti, Radjen had no problem adapting to the Oradea squad thanks to his Serbian teammates Gojko Pijetlovic and Mateja Asanovic. He also said that he couldn’t wait for the game to begin, adding that he would like to help his teammates reach the finals. Romanian water polo team has never played in the Euro Cup finals and Oradea water polo players need a comeback on Saturday, since Sport Management won the 1st leg match in January (12-10).
With Serbia’s national water polo team, Radjen won the Wolrd Championship once and the European Championship twice, as well as the Olympic bronze medal. He also won the Champions League while playing for both Red Star and Partizan water polo team.