23rd November 2021

Tennis player banned and four others provisionally suspended

A tennis player has been sanctioned with a 20 month ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), and four others have been provisionally suspended due to adverse analytical findings (AAFs – or ‘positive tests’) for prohibited substances. Two Russians returned AAFs at tournaments in Almaty, Kazakhstan; and two under 20 players returned AAFs at the World Tennis Tour M15 in the Ukrainian city of Chornomorsk.

Teymuraz Gabashvili returned an AAF for furosemide after providing a urine sample on 16 June at the Beeline Business Challenger event in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The Russian was charged with an ADRV on 22 July, and came to a Case Resolution Agreement with the ITF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accepting a 20 month ban. His ban will expire on 18 July 2023, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced.

Another Russian reported an AAF from a different event in Almaty a month later. A urine sample given by Daria Mishina on 25 August at the WTT W25 event returned an AAF for exogenous testosterone.

Two under 20 players have also been sanctioned after returning AAFs for prohibited substances at the World Tennis Tour M15 in Chornomorsk, which took place from 30 August to 5 September. A urine sample given by 19 year old Ukrainian Timur Mukhtarulin returned an AAF for amphetamine; and a 1 September urine sample provided by Polish player Filip Pieczonka returned an AAF for oxandrolone.

Both samples were analysed outside of Ukraine by the Montreal Laboratory. On 26 October, WADA found that Ukraine’s National Anti-Doping Center (NADC) had given advance warning of doping tests; and had reported samples that were taken in competition as taken out of competition.

Turkish player Cagla Buyukakcay has also been provisionally suspended. She provided a urine sample on 3 August at the WTA Winners Open in Romania which returned an AAF for ractopamine. The substance is used in animal feed in some country to promote leanness.

Earlier this year, WADA recognised that meat contamination is an issue. It issued guidance in the form of a Technical Letter changing the evidential burden of proof regarding AAFs for clenbuterol, ractopamine, zeranol, and zilpaterol.

It appears that Buyukakcay will contest her charge. On 5 October, she applied for her provisional suspension to be lifted, an ITF statement reveals. On 4 November, her application was dismissed and the provisional suspension was imposed. 

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