Ukrainian tennis player Dayana Yastremska has had her application to lift her provisional suspension denied by the Chair of the Independent Tribunal. In early-January, it was announced that world No. 29 Yastremska was being suspended from all tennis activity following a positive doping test.
A urine sample Yastremska gave on 24 November contained a metabolite of mesterolone, a synthetic testosterone. Despite the suspension, Yastremska flew to Australia, hoping her application would be successfull and she would be allowed to play at the Australian Open.
However, Yastremska can still appeal to CAS. "An application by Dayana Yastremska to lift the provisional suspension imposed on her on 7 January 2021 under Article 8.3.1(c) of the 2020 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme has been denied by the Chair of the Independent Tribunal convened to hear her case," the statement read.
"This decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport by Ms. Yastremska, WADA and the National Anti-Doping Center of Ukraine." Yastremska was astonished After the news came out of Yastremska’s positive test, the Ukrainian strongly denied any wrongdoing.
“I have never used any performance enhancing drugs or any prohibited substances,” the Ukrainian wrote on Twitter. “I am astonished and under shock, particularly given that two weeks prior to this test, I tested negative at the WTA event in Linz”.
“Only a very low concentration of mesterolone metabolite was detected in my urine,” Yastremska added. “Given that low concentration and my negative test two weeks earlier, I have received scientific advice that the result is consistent with some form of contamination event.
“Due to the confidentiality of the proceedings, you will understand that I am not able to share any further information at this stage. However, I am currently working with my team and you can be assured that I am resolutely determined to do everything to clear my name”.