Ion Tiriac details why he does not trust TAS in Simona Halep doping case

This week, Halep officially filed a complaint against her four-year ban doping ban.

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Ion Tiriac details why he does not trust TAS in Simona Halep doping case
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Romanian tennis legend Ion Tiriac does not trust that the Court of Arbitration for Sport will help Simona Halep clear her name. After receiving a provisional suspension for testing positive for Roxadustat in 2022 October, Halep was slapped with a second anti-doping charge due "to irregularities in her Athlete Biological Passport (ABP)." In September, two-time Grand Slam champion Halep received a four-year ban from tennis by the independent tribunal.

After the announcement, Halep released a statement, in which she maintained her innocence and revealed that she would try to clear her name by taking her case to the CAS. “I don’t know what Simona is doing, now she goes to TAS.

But does the world know what TAS is? In 2000, Andrea Răducan’s sample was manipulated, they sent 62 ml and returned 100 ml. What does TAS do? Break all the rules. So what world are we living in? Well, after a year someone comes and says that he dug and found something else, the biological passport.

Well, you checked it 380 times in 10 years and you didn’t find… And then it’s a job that isn’t clean somewhere. Now Simona is going to TAS, with what hopes, I don’t know. I understand she went with some lawyers from Los Angeles.

I don’t know them, but I wish them all the best from the bottom of my heart,” Tiriac said, via The Romania Journal.

Tiriac does not trust the CAS in the Halep case

This week, the CAS issued a statement, in which they revealed that Halep officially filed a complaint against her four-year ban doping ban.

Halep, a former world No 1, is hoping to get her ban reduced. "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 said in a statement this week.

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