The sporting life of former No. 1 and Grand Slam champion, all or nothing in three days


He rose to world number one on October 9, 2017. He won Roland Garros in 2018 and dominated Wimbledon in 2019, losing his first three Grand Slam finals. In total, twenty-four individual titles and one double title. A sporting career and a kind image that was blown up when his name was officially linked to a doping case.

The Romanian Simona Halep32 years old, has not competed since August 2022, when he lost in the first round of the US Open against the Ukrainian Daria Snigur. At this tournament he tested positive in an anti-doping test.

Traces of Roxadustat, a substance that stimulates the production of EPO, were found in his body. The tennis player claims it is due to the use of contaminated nutritional supplements.

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) announced in September 2023 a four-year suspension to Simona Halep for two violations of anti-doping regulations.

The ITIA “Halep’s argument that she took a contaminated supplement was accepted, but it was determined that the amount ingested may not have resulted in the concentration of Roxadustat found in positive sample A.”

Added to this are “irregularities in the biological passport”, determined by three independent experts and which will be explained by “probable doping”.

Suspended from August 2022, he will not be able to play until October 2026. A decision for which he cried Simona Halepwho will play his last card at Court of Arbitration for Sports (TAS)which set the dates of February 7 to 9, 2024 to study the Romanian tennis player’s appeal.

Three days and a sentence representing an all-or-nothing game for the sporting life of Simona Halep, who will be four years out of competition, counting 35 years when the penalty she is trying to get rid of is lifted or more nice effects.

Source: La Verdad


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