Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has been banned for 4 years following breaches of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP).
An unbiased tribunal decided the 31-year-old Romanian had dedicated “intentional” anti-doping violations.
Halep examined constructive for using roxadustat ultimately 12 months’s US Open.
She was additionally discovered responsible of utilizing an unspecified prohibited substance or technique in 2022 after irregularities have been present in her organic passport.
The tribunal accepted Halep’s argument she had taken a contaminated complement, however determined that may not have resulted within the focus of roxadustat present in her urine pattern.
The panel additionally said they’d no cause to doubt the unanimous “sturdy opinion” reached by three unbiased specialists that “doubtless doping” was the reason for the irregularities in her organic passport.
Halep has been provisionally suspended since October 2022, which suggests she’s going to be capable to play once more on 7 October 2026, by which period she can be 35.
The findings of the tribunal, nonetheless, could be appealed towards.
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