Very important update in Simona Halep doping case has just dropped

Halep continues her fight to clear her name.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Very important update in Simona Halep doping case has just dropped
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Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep is set to have her hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in February. In mid-September, the ITIA announced that the independent tribunal handed Halep a four-year ban from tennis over two separate anti-doping violations.

In 2022 October, the ITIA announced a provisional suspension for Halep after the banned substance Roxadustat was found in Halep's system. In May, Halep was hit with a second anti-doping violation over "irregularities in her Athlete Biological Passport." For months, Halep pleaded her innocence and wanted to be heard in front of the independent tribunal.

Halep ultimately got her wish but the independent tribunal didn't clear her of doping allegations against her. Halep's final hope remains the CAS, where she will try to clear her name and have the sanction reduced. Halep will be heard at the CAS in the period between February 07-09.

Halep officially appealed to the CAS in October

"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered the appeal filed by the Romanian tennis player, Ms Simona Halep (the Athlete), against the decision rendered by the International Tennis Integrity Agency Tribunal dated 22 September 2023 (the Challenged Decision), in which she was found to have committed Anti-Doping Rule Violations and sanctioned with a four-year period of ineligibility commencing on 7 October 2022, and the disqualification of all results obtained in competitions taking place in the period 29 August 2022 to 7 October 2022, including forfeiture of any medals, titles, ranking points and prize money.

In her appeal to the CAS, the Athlete requests that the Challenged Decision be set aside and that her sanction be reduced. The CAS arbitration proceedings have commenced. In accordance with the Code of Sports-related Arbitration (the CAS Code), the arbitration rules governing CAS procedures, the parties are exchanging written submissions and the Panel of arbitrators that will decide the matter is being constituted.

Once constituted, the Panel will issue procedural directions for the next phase of the procedure, including the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the Panel will deliberate and issue an Arbitral Award containing its decision and the grounds for it.

At this time, it is not possible to indicate a time frame for the issuance of the decision. The CAS Panel's decision will be final and binding, with the exception of the parties' right to file an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal within 30 days on limited grounds," the CAS said in a statement in October.

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