Halep says will fight to clean name after doping suspension

Halep, the current world number nine, said the positive test was "the biggest shock of my life".

Published: 21st October 2022 08:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st October 2022 08:23 PM   |  A+A-

Simona Halep reacts as she leaves the court following her loss to Ekaterina Alexandrova at a tuneup event ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Halep was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Integrity Agency after failing a drug test during the U.S. Open last month. (File photo| AP)

By AFP

ROMANIA: Former world number one Simona Halep said Friday she will "fight until the end" to prove she did not knowingly take a prohibited substance after she was provisionally suspended for doping.

A sample that Halep provided during the US Open in August showed traces of Roxadustat, a drug that stimulates the production of red blood cells and is used in the treatment of patients with kidney problems, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) said.

Halep, the current world number nine, said the positive test was "the biggest shock of my life".

"Throughout my whole career, the idea of cheating never even crossed my mind once, as it is totally against all the values I have been educated with," the Romanian tweeted. "I will fight until the end to prove that I never knowingly took any prohibited substance and I have faith that sooner or later, the truth will come out."



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