By Johnny Askounis/ email@example.com
Suspended since testing positive for a banned substance in March, Konstantinos Mitoglou is gearing up to make a return possible before the end of the 2022-23 season, specifically next March.
His case has been judged by FIBA in Geneva, pending a ruling to be announced. The latest update on Mitoglou’s status was delivered by our own Vangelis Ioannou during his radio show on the Greek public station ERA Sport.
Mitoglou can become eligible to play in two or four years from the start date of the initial sanction, depending on FIBA’s ruling. Gunning for the shorter length, he plans to file an appeal and reduce the suspension to one year. Already been suspended for nine months, the possible timeline projects the best-case scenario in a return to action next March.
Mitoglou, 26, recently filed a lawsuit against the doctor that prescribed the banned substance leading to her arrest. That case involves a Greek court.
Testing positive in an antidoping control last March prematurely ended his stint at AX Armani Exchange Milan. Making his way to 13 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games, including one start, he averaged 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks per contest up to the suspension. Packing 11.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.2 blocks per contest illustrated the picture of his efforts in Italy’s LBA Serie A.
Combined with previous experience in Europe’s top-tier club continental competition with Panathinaikos, he is a veteran of 109 EuroLeague games since coming out of Wake Forest in 2017.
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