The penalty for doping will not be raised

Diana Ystrymska He is part of a group of 72 tennis players who are in a permanent quarantine in Melbourne, after arriving in that city on flights where cases of coronavirus were discovered. Like her colleagues in the same position, the Ukrainian came to that country to play the Australian Open and was unlucky enough to be restricted in her room, not even able to get out to train. He appears to be in strict isolation to no avail. Because the 29th in the world rankings could not get the ITF to lift the doping penalty it imposed at the beginning of January and will miss the first major tournament of the season.

The International Tennis Federation announced on January 7 that Yastremska was temporarily suspended after he tested positive for an out-of-competition anti-doping test on November 24. According to the organization’s statement, the sample of the 20-year-old had detected a metabolite of mesterolone, which is an anabolic steroid that is mainly used to treat low testosterone levels or to treat male infertility.

The Ukrainian wrote at the time in a message posted on her Twitter account: “I am surprised and shocked, especially since two weeks before this test I got a negative result in a test that was taken during the WTA in Linz.” In which he defended his innocence.

The winner of three WTA titles has appealed the sentence and decided to travel to Australia hoping the ITF would grant her her order and lift the suspension. His goal was to compete in ocean lands in one of the WTA 500s to be played in Melbourne Park and then his first big date in 2021.

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Like other players in the professional rings, he took a charter tour of the Grand Slam organization to transport the tennis players and their companions. And he came up with the idea of ​​completing two weeks of quarantine required by the health authorities in the state of Victoria, but they took advantage of the five “freedom” period that they promised to go out for training.

However, on the plane that he flew from Abu Dhabi, Al-Kindy was detected Sylvain Bruno, Coach Bianca Andreescu – A week after her arrival, Spanish Paula Padosa also jumped, and Jastremeska was held in her room without opportunities, by decision of the Australian government.

Jastremska flew to Melbourne on the next flight from Abu Dhabi, which tested positive for the Coronavirus. Photo by Reuters / Angelo Carconi

Forecasts for the Ukrainian were more complicated on Sunday. Because the ITF stated in a brief statement that “his request to lift the temporary suspension imposed on him on January 7, 2021 under Article 8.3.1 (c) of the Anti-Doping Program for Tennis 2020 was rejected by a president and an independent court has been summoned to hear his case.”

The 20-year-old will almost certainly be disqualified from the Australian Open and previous tournaments. Although you can appeal the ITF’s decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, there will not be enough time to complete the process before the start of the “large” environment, which is scheduled for two weeks from now.

Yastremska still has five days in jail, because 72 injured players will only be able to leave their rooms between next Friday and Saturday, as long as they present negative results in the tests they continue to take. The Ukrainian will then have to comply with the rest of the quarantine, which is necessary but very difficult, especially for a high-performing athlete like her, with almost certainty that when she leaves, she will not even be able to achieve the goal with which she traveled to Australia.

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