Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
A decision has been issued under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the “Programme”) that Dimitar Kutrovsky has committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme. It was agreed that a period of two years’ ineligibility should be imposed, commencing on 14 November 2015.
Mr. Kutrovsky, a 28-year-old player from Bulgaria provided a urine sample on 28 September 2015 in association with his participation in the Tiburon Challenger, held in Tiburon, USA. That sample was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain D-methamphetamine. D-methamphetamine is a Non-Specified substance prohibited under category S6.a of the 2015 WADA Prohibited List (stimulants), and therefore is also prohibited under the Programme.
On 4 November 2015, Mr. Kutrovsky was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample), and was Provisionally Suspended
with effect from 14 November 2015. Mr. Kutrovsky admitted his violation, which is his second violation of the Programme, having previously served a 15-month suspension for the presence of methylhexaneamine in a sample in 2012. The ITF accepted Mr. Kutrovsky’s account of how the D-methamphetamine got into his system and that he bears No Significant Fault or Negligence for the violation.
The decision determines that (1) Mr. Kutrovsky has committed a violation of the Programme; (2) Mr. Kutrovsky must serve a period of ineligibility of two years; and (3) that period of ineligibility is back-dated under Article 10.10.3(a) of the Programme to start on 14 November 2015 (the date on which he was provisionally suspended) and so ending at midnight on 13 November 2017.
In accordance with Programme articles 9.1 and 10.8, the points and prize money obtained by Mr. Kutrovsky at the Tiburon event and in subsequent competitions are disqualified. The full decision is available below.
• This media release was originally published by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on 3 October 2017. To access the original, please click here.
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