With a press release published in the morning, the ITF announced that World number 102 21-year-old Kateryna Kozlova was found positive to a doping substance after taking a stimulant, Dimethylbutylamine. Analyses were carried out on February 16th, during the tournament in Dubai.
The Ukrainian had already appealed, and saw her ban being reduced according to specific means of the Anti-Doping contract, saying that players can have their ban reduced if there is no significant fault or negligence. Indeed, Kozlova inadvertently ingested Dimethybutylamine under the advice of her doctor, who, however, ordered her another medicine.
In this way, Kateryna's suspension was reduced to six months She will return to action on August 15th, as the ban starts from the day she imbibed the stimulant, thus during the Dubati Duty Free Championships. All points and prize money collected during and after Dubai are going to be confiscated.
Another player who also tested positive in Dubai for having made use of one substance over another, even when not specified was the former ITF world number 282 Hamas Abbas Janahi, who was banned for two years and will be allowed to get back on court in 2017.
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