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Simona Halep Suspended for 4 Years for Anti-Doping Rule Violations

London, 12 September 2023 — The Worldwide Tennis Integrity Company (ITIA) confirms that an impartial tribunal has suspended Romanian tennis participant Simona Halep for 4 years following breaches of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP).

Two-time Grand Slam title champion Halep, 31, was charged with two separate breaches of the TADP. The primary associated to an Hostile Analytical Discovering (AAF) for the prohibited substance roxadustat on the US Open in 2022, carried out by means of common urine testing throughout competitors. The second cost associated to irregularities in Halep’s Athlete Organic Passport (ABP).  

The impartial tribunal, established by Sport Resolutions, met on 28 and 29 June 2023 in London, and heard from skilled scientific witnesses on behalf of Halep and the ITIA, with the participant additionally giving proof on to the panel as a part of proceedings.

On 11 September 2023, the tribunal confirmed that it had discovered the participant had dedicated intentional Anti-Doping Rule Violations below Article 2 of the TADP: 

  • The presence and use of roxadustat as evidenced in Halep’s urine pattern collected on 29 August 2022 on the US Open 
  • Use of a prohibited substance or technique throughout 2022, based mostly on assortment and evaluation of 51 blood samples supplied by the participant as a part of the ABP programme 

The tribunal accepted Halep’s argument that they’d taken a contaminated complement, however decided the amount the participant ingested couldn’t have resulted within the focus of roxadustat discovered within the optimistic pattern.   The ABP cost was additionally upheld, with the tribunal stating that they’d no cause to doubt the unanimous “robust opinion” reached by every of the three impartial Athlete Passport Administration Unit (APMU) specialists that “probably doping” was the reason for the irregularities in Halep’s profile.

Halep has been provisionally suspended since October 2022, which the tribunal credited towards the interval of ineligibility. As such, the previous world primary’s suspension will run from 7 October 2022 till 6 October 2026. The case stays topic to enchantment.

Karen Moorhouse, Chief Government Officer on the ITIA, mentioned: “After a posh and rigorous listening to course of, we welcome the impartial tribunal’s resolution.     

“The amount of proof for the tribunal to contemplate in each the roxadustat and ABP proceedings was substantial.      

“The ITIA has adopted the right processes as we might with another particular person – in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code – fulfilling our goal and accountability to uphold the precept of truthful competitors, on behalf of the game. The panel recognised that acceptable process had been adopted inside the written resolution.    

“We do perceive the numerous public curiosity in these instances and stay dedicated to being as clear as potential and the total resolution might be printed sooner or later.”    

The ITIA is the delegated third occasion, below the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) of the Worldwide Tennis Federation, the worldwide governing physique for the game of tennis and signatory of the Code. The ITIA is an impartial physique answerable for the administration and administration of anti-doping throughout skilled tennis.  





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