Romania’s former world primary Simona Halep stated on Tuesday that she would enchantment to sport’s highest courtroom in opposition to the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) choice to ban her till October 2026 for 2 separate anti-doping rule violations.
The 31-year-old former Wimbledon and French Open champion has been provisionally suspended since October 2022 after testing optimistic for banned blood-booster roxadustat on the U.S. Open final 12 months.
Halep stated she “refused to accept their (ITIA) decision of a four-year ban.
“I am continuing to train and do everything in my power to clear my name of these false allegations and return to the court,” Halep stated in a press release to Reuters.
“I intend to appeal this decision to The Court of Arbitration for Sport and pursue all legal remedies against the supplement company in question.”
The ITIA stated earlier on Tuesday it got here to its conclusion based mostly on the gathering and evaluation of 51 blood samples supplied by Halep. Her suspension runs till Oct. 6, 2026.
“The first (charge) related to an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for the prohibited substance roxadustat at the U.S. Open in 2022, carried out through regular urine testing during competition,” the ITIA stated in a press release.
“The second charge related to irregularities in Halep’s Athlete Biological Passport (ABP).”
Halep strongly denies knowingly taking roxadustat and stated she had proof to indicate small quantities of the anaemia drug entered her system from a licensed complement that was contaminated.
“The tribunal accepted Halep’s argument that they had taken a contaminated supplement, but determined the volume the player ingested could not have resulted in the concentration of roxadustat found in the positive sample, “ the ITIA said.
The ITIA said the ABP charge was also upheld as three independent experts were unanimous that “likely doping” was the reason for the irregularities in Halep’s profile.
“The volume of evidence for the tribunal to consider in both the roxadustat and ABP proceedings was substantial,” Karen Moorhouse, CEO on the ITIA, stated.
Halep had beforehand accused the ITIA of searching for to additional delay her unbiased tribunal doping listening to and stated she was being denied her proper to be heard.
However, Moorhouse stated the ITIA had adopted the right processes in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code.
“ The panel recognised that appropriate procedure had been followed within the written decision,” Moorhouse added.