Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Adrian Barbu has been provisionally suspended under Article 8.3.1 of the 2017 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the “Programme”), pending determination of the charge against him at a full hearing pursuant to Article 8 of the Programme. Mr. Barbu, a 34-year-old player from Romania, provided a urine sample on 16 August 2017 in association with his participation in the Bucher Reisen Tennis Grand Prix, an ATP Challenger Tour event in Meerbusch, Germany.
The sample was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada, for analysis and was found to contain nandrolone metabolite (19-norandrosterone) and methenolone (metenolone) metabolites. Nandrolone and metenolone are non-specified Prohibited Substances under the Programme, under category S.1.1 of the 2017 WADA Prohibited List (Anabolic Agents), and therefore are also prohibited under the Programme. Adverse Analytical Findings for Non-Specified Substances carry a mandatory provisional suspension.
On 12 October 2017, Mr. Barbu 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 22 October 2017. Mr. Barbu had (and retains) the right to apply to the Chair of the Independent Panel convened to hear his case why the provisional suspension should not be imposed, but chose not to exercise that right.
The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed under the Programme in compliance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More information on the Programme, sanctions, statistics, and related matters can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.
• This media release was originally published by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on 23 October 2017. To access the original, please click here.
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