“They are not only killing my reputation, but also my career”: Halep charges the authorities
By Le Figaro with AFP Published yesterday at 11:42 p.m. , Update yesterday at 11:43 p.m. The former world number 1 pulls out her claws. TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS Suspended for nearly…
By Le Figaro with AFP
yesterday at 11:42 p.m.
Update yesterday at 11:43 p.m.
The former world number 1 pulls out her claws. TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS
Suspended for nearly eight months for violation of anti-doping rules, the former world number 1 lets his anger speak on social networks.
Simona Halep gets her claws out. Suspended for almost eight months for violation of anti-doping rules, the former world number 1 accused on Wednesday the authorities responsible for fighting doping of harming her by delaying the examination of her file.
The 31-year-old player, winner of Roland-Garros in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019, has been provisionally suspended since October 7 after testing positive for roxadustat at the US Open in August. This banned molecule stimulates the production of red blood cells and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Halep faces up to four years of suspension in this first case. But she ures that experts have demonstrated that this prohibited substance was found in her body following contamination of a food supplement and protests her innocence, claiming to be heard.
She had mentioned at the end of April a possible hearing on May 28. But, she wrote Wednesday night in a post on her social media, “the ITF (ITIA) (International Tennis Integrity Agency which acts by delegation of the International Tennis Federation, Editor’s note) has again and for the third time deferred my hearing for a month.» «I have been waiting to be judged since last October (…) I have requested, as provided for in the anti-doping rules, a speedy hearing, it is my right, it is written in the rules“, continues the one who is still 34th in the world ranking of the WTA. And to add:They are not only killing my reputation, but also my career»
Such a mark of contempt for me that I have no more words.
In the meantime, she observes, she could not play the Australian Open and will miss the French Open at Roland-Garros, which begins on Sunday, then Wimbledon (from July 3 to 16). “The disregard for the rules on the part of the ITF (ITIA) relating to the speedy hearing that I am entitled to obtain is such a mark of contempt for me that I have no words.“, she concludes.
No comment could be immediately obtained from the ITIA, which announced on Friday that Simona Halep was the subject of a new case in connection with “irregularitiesin his biological pport data, a separate violation from the case that prompted his interim suspension. Halep then denounced a form of “harment” against him.