The curious doping disqualification involving a 15-year-old female player


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The curious doping disqualification involving a 15-year-old female player

The tennis authorities are improving their weapons and increasing the money to fight against the problem of doping. The 15-year-old female Turkish player Zeynep Sönmez had tested positive for Modafinil that is considered as a stimulant according to the 2017 WADA Prohibited List, during an ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Istanbul, Turkey, on 24th October 2017.

She has been banned for 12 months, her ban will end at midnight of 23rd October 2018. Sonmez received a year's disqualification because she was not at significant fault or negligence, and her story is a very particular one: she took Modafinil after speaking with doctors, who diagnosed her with narcolepsy because of her training regimen.

Her training schedule of five-to-six hours every day left her feeling sleepy when preparing for her exams in school. Accordingly, she was asked to take Modafinil when she felt extremely tired and when she had to sit for exams in the same time period as her tennis training.

She had taken Modafinil in May 2017, and from 23rd to 26th October 2017, which resulted in this chain of events, with Somnez clarifying that she didn't know Modafinil was banned by the WADA. ALSO READ: Andre Agassi didn't do anything for Djokovic, says former Davis Cup captain