Long ban handed out to former top 20 star Lepchenko after doping offence


Former top-20 participant Varvara Lepchenko has been given a four-year ban for a doping offence.
The 35-year-old American returned a constructive take a look at for a banned stimulant throughout the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest final July and was provisionally suspended on August 19.
Lepchenko denied deliberately ingesting the substance and informed an unbiased tribunal she might have unwittingly taken a contaminated complement.
However the tribunal determined to impose a four-year ban, saying: “The tribunal discovered the proof offered by the participant to be imprecise to the purpose of non-existent in respect of what, when and in what doses the dietary supplements have been taken, particularly within the interval instantly previous to the constructive take a look at.
“There may be actually no proof in any respect that the dietary supplements referred to by the participant have been the supply of the prohibited substance detected.”
The ban has been backdated to final August however virtually actually ends the profession of Lepchenko, who’s presently ranked 128 however was as excessive as 19 in 2012.
It’s a second doping offence for the Uzbek-born participant, who switched allegiance to the US in 2007.
She was amongst quite a few athletes from varied sports activities who examined constructive for Meldonium in 2016 however, not like her fellow tennis participant Maria Sharapova, she was deemed to bear no fault or negligence and this violation is due to this fact handled as a primary for the needs of sanctions.

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