The Romanian tennis player and former number 1 in the WTA world ranking, Simona Halep, received a strong blow from the world tennis authorities after being banned for the next four years after testing positive for doping; The fact puts her sports career at risk because she is currently 31 years old.
The sentence was announced by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) through a statement in which they detailed the decision by the authorities, alleging that it is a clear violation of the statutes of the International Tennis Federation. (FIT); Despite this, the tennis player still has the possibility of proving her innocence before the CAS to try to play in those years.
This fact caused the Romanian to issue an extensive statement in which she rejected the actions taken by the authorities regarding the alleged doping. that she experienced at the end of last year and also highlighted that this last season she has experienced complicated moments regarding her sporting performance and all the personal problems that have affected her.
“The last year has been the hardest game of my life and unfortunately my fight continues. I have dedicated my life to the beautiful game of tennis. “I take the rules that govern our sport very seriously and I take pride in the fact that I have never used, knowingly or intentionally, any prohibited substance,” said the Romanian.
“I am grateful to finally have a result after numerous unfounded delays and a feeling of living in purgatory for over a year.”“I am both surprised and disappointed by her decision,” added the former world number 1.
Simona Halep has established herself in recent years as one of the most important tennis players in the world thanks to the great performance she showed on the court and also for having won the Roland Garros title in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019.
Let’s remember that the Romanian tested positive for roxadustat last October 2022 while she was competing at the US Open and since then her career has been affected by said doping case. She will now remain sanctioned until October 2026.
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