tennis star suspended for positive drug test
Simona Halep, a former top-
ranked player, was given a provisional suspension by the International Tennis Integrity Agency on Friday after she
failed a drug test.
The 31-year-old Romanian
tennis player Halep, who has
won two Grand Slam titles, is presently ranked No. 9 in the world.
According to the ITIA, Halep
tested positive for the drug Roxadustat, which is illegal and
is marketed as an anti-anemia treatment for kidney illness.
On October 7, the ITIA notified Halep of a potential charge for violating an anti-doping rule.
The ITIA released a statement
in which it stated that the player had "executed their entitlement
to request that the B sample
be tested, which corroborated
the finding in the A sample."
The player is "ineligible to participate in or attend any sanctioned tennis events organised by the governing organisations of the sport while provisionally suspended."
After having nose surgery,
Halep announced last month
that she will take the rest of
the year off.
While she is suspended, she
is not permitted to take part in
or attend any WTA-approved events.
Halep expressed her amazement after the adverse drug test on social media, saying she felt "confused and betrayed."
"Throughout the course of my career, I never once considered cheating because it completely goes against all the ideals I was raised with.
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