Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Simona Halep received the French Open in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019. (Picture by Robert Prange/Getty Pictures)

Simona Halep was suspended for 4 years Tuesday after an unbiased tribunal concluded that the Romanian tennis star violated a number of anti-doping guidelines, in line with the Worldwide Tennis Integrity Company (ITIA).

Halep, 31, had already been provisionally suspended since October after the ITIA found the banned substance roxadustat in her urine pattern on the 2022 US Open. On the time, Halep referred to as the information “the largest shock of [her] life” and denied she knowingly used a banned substance. She was hit with one other doping allegation in Might for “irregularities” in her Athlete Organic Passport (ABP), which appears to be like at markers in het blood.

This investigation confirmed each costs.

“After a fancy and rigorous listening to course of, we welcome the unbiased tribunal’s choice,” ITIA CEO Karen Moorhouse stated in an announcement. “The quantity of proof for the tribunal to think about in each the roxadustat and ABP proceedings was substantial.”

Halep as soon as once more denied “knowingly or deliberately” taking a prohibited substance and refused to simply accept the result of the investigation in an announcement launched Tuesday morning.

“The final 12 months has been the toughest match of my life, and sadly my struggle continues,” she stated within the assertion. “I’ve devoted my life to the attractive recreation of tennis. I take the principles that govern our sport very critically and take pleasure within the reality I’ve by no means knowingly or deliberately used any prohibited substance. I refused to simply accept their choice of a four-year ban.

“Whereas I’m grateful to lastly have an consequence following quite a few unfounded delays and a sense of residing in purgatory for over a 12 months, I’m each shocked and dissatisfied by their choice.”

She added that she’d beforehand taken 200 clear blood and urine assessments throughout her profession however had adjusted her “dietary dietary supplements” in 2022. Halep stated she believes a kind of dietary supplements was contaminated with roxadustat. The tribunal accepted this argument by Halep in its investigation however stated in its assertion that “the quantity the participant ingested couldn’t have resulted within the focus of roxadustat discovered within the optimistic pattern.”

Halep received the French Open in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019. She was ranked No. 1 on this planet on the finish of the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Halep misplaced within the first spherical of the 2022 US Open to Daria Snigur and misplaced within the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2022 to the eventual winner, Elena Rybakina.

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