Former Wimbledon champion and ex-world No.1, Simona Halep is banned for 4-years following anti-doping violation

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Former Wimbledon champion and ex-world No.1, Simona Halep is banned for 4-years following anti-doping violation

Two-time women’s Grand Slam champion, Simona Halep has been banned from tennis for four years after breaching the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.

 

The Romanian had already been suspended while an investigation into potential doping was carried out and she has now received a lengthy ban from the sport.

 

Halep was automatically withdrawn from the recent US Open due to her doping suspension.

 

The International Tennis Integrity Agency [ITIA] confirmed on Tuesday that an independent tribunal had decided the punishment due to two separate incidents involving the former Wimbledon champion.

 

Her first positive test for a banned substance came during last year’s US Open when a sample highlighted the prohibited substance roxadustat during a routine urine test. The substance stimulates production of hemoglobin and red blood cells.

It is most often used to treat sufferers of anaemia but is on WADA’s Prohibited Substance list due to it being considered a blood doping agent.

The second breach of…



Source: Linda Ikeji