Simona Halep suspended after testing positive for prohibited substance at 2022 US Open

Simona Halep, the No. 9 gamer in the WTA rankings, has actually been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) after she evaluated favorable for Roxadustat at the 2022 United States Open. In their statement of Halep’s suspension, the ITIA stated it took 2 samples from the tennis star at the United States Open. The initially one returned favorable for Roxadustat, which the World Anti-Doping firm notes as a restricted compound.

Halep then asked for that the 2nd sample likewise be evaluated, and ITIA stated that it likewise produced a favorable outcome for Roxadustat which is utilized therapeutically in anemia clients to enhance red cell counts. The favorable test needed a necessary provisionary suspension for Halep, and she cannot get involved or go to approved tennis occasions till it ends.

Halep launched a declaration on her suspension, and she staunchly rejects purposefully consuming a restricted compound. Halep stated she will “fight” to show that she didn’t do anything incorrect.

“Today begins the hardest match of my life: a fight for the truth,” Halep stated in her declaration. “I have been notified that I have tested positive for a substance called Roxadustat in an extremely low quantity, which came as the biggest shock of my life.

“Throughout my entire profession, the concept of unfaithful never ever even crossed my mind when, as it is completely versus the worths I have actually been informed with. Facing such an unreasonable circumstance, I feel entirely puzzled and betrayed.

“I will fight until the end to prove that I never knowingly took any prohibited substance, and I have faith that sooner or later, the truth will come out.

“It’s not about the titles or the cash. It’s about honor, and the romance I have actually established with the video game of tennis over the last 25 years.”

Halep, 31, is a previous No. 1 ranked gamer who has actually won the French Open and Wimbledon in her remarkable profession. In 2022, Halep has actually won 2 songs titles, consisting of the National Bank Open in Canada in August.

At the United States Open, where the samples were taken, Halep was the No. 7 seed however lost to Daria Snigur in the Round of 128.

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