Former world No 1 Simona Halep says she is "glad" to have a chance to be heard in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In September, Halep received a four-year ban from tennis due to two separate anti-doping violations.
The following month, Halep officially appealed to the CAS. This week, the CAS confirmed Halep's case will be heard between 07-09 February. "The Court of Arbitration for Sport has decided hearings in my case to be between 07-09 February 2024.
I am glad to have the opportunity to present and prove my innocence before an Independent tribunal. Thank you!" Halep said in Romanian in a video uploaded on her Instagram.
Halep has been pleading her innocence since Day 1
The tennis world was left shocked when the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) announced in 2022 October that Halep was being provisionally suspended over a failed doping test.
Shortly after the ITIA's announcement, Halep released a statement, in which she strongly denied that she knowingly took the banned substance. For months, Halep was trying to be heard in front of the independent tribunal. Halep's hearing was delayed several times and then the Romanian got hit with a second anti-doping charge over "irregularities in her biological passport." After Halep finally got to present her case in front of the independent tribunal, it didn't end as the Romanian hoped - she was hit with a four-year doping ban.
“I have devoted my life to the beautiful game of tennis. I take the rules that govern our sport very seriously and take pride in the fact I have never knowingly or intentionally used any prohibited substance. I refused to accept their decision of a four-year ban," Halep said after she was handed a four-year ban doping ban from tennis. It remains to be seen if taking her case to the CAS will help Halep clear her name and have her ban reduced.