Simona Halep (Romania), the former world number one in Women’s Professional Tennis (WTA), who was found to have taken a banned substance (doping)
received a severe punishment of a four-year suspension from competition and is at the crossroads of retirement.
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) announced on the 13th that an independent tribunal commissioned by the non-profit organization ‘Sports Resolutions’ found Halep’s doping suspicions to be true and suspended her from competition for four years.
Halep is a top player with a total of 24 wins on the WTA tour and has won two Grand Slam singles titles, including the French Open in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019.
She has been ranked year-end number one in the singles world rankings for two consecutive years since 2017.
Halep was provisionally suspended after being found to have taken roxadustat (a drug that promotes red blood cell production and is used to treat anemia and kidney disease) during a doping test at the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament last year.
Analysis of the device (a device that monitors athletes’ biometric data over time to detect violations) revealed another doping violation. 먹튀검증사이트
Roxadustat is a drug prescribed to patients with anemia or kidney problems and has the function of increasing red blood cell production.
Athletes in sports that require cardiorespiratory endurance, such as road cycling and long-distance running, are often caught taking this drug. .
After being caught with a second doping violation, Halep tweeted, “I didn’t even think about taking illegal drugs and ITIA decided to prove me guilty.
My name has been tarnished in the worst way.” “
I am fighting ITIA’s decision to prove this.
I hope to prove my innocence in court,” he said, claiming his innocence.
However, after hearing the opinions of doping experts presented by Halep and ITIA as witnesses in London, England on June 28-29
the Independent Tribunal recognized both allegations against Halep as true.
The independent court said, “We acknowledge Halep’s claim that she took supplements contaminated with drugs, but that would not have affected the concentration of roxadustat,” and added, “It is also unanimous among the three experts that the evidence found at ABP proves the possibility of doping.”
He stated the reason for the ruling, saying, “There is no reason to doubt the opinion.”
In response to this, Halep repeatedly maintained her innocence, saying, “I have never knowingly or intentionally used banned substances,” and added
I will not accept the decision to suspend me for four years,” and asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) about this ruling.
He announced his intention to appeal to CAS.
If Halep, who is in her early 30s, fails to overturn the independent court’s ruling in CAS, it will be difficult for her to return to the court as an active player.