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    Re: Errani Tests Positive for Steroid

    Tennis Anti-Doping Programme

    PRESS RELEASE

    7 August 2017


    Decision in the case of Sara Errani

    An Independent Tribunal appointed under Article 8.1 of the 2017 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the "Programme") has found that Sara Errani committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme and, as a consequence, has disqualified the affected results and imposed a period of ineligibility of two months, commencing on 3 August 2017.

    Ms. Errani, a 29-year-old player from Italy, provided a urine sample on 16 February 2017 as part of an Out-of-Competition test under the Programme. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain letrozole, which is an aromatase inhibitor that is included under section S4 (Hormone and Metabolic Modulators) of the 2017 WADA Prohibited List, and therefore is also prohibited under the Programme.

    On 18 April 2017, Ms. Errani 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). She promptly admitted that she had committed the Anti-Doping Rule Violation charged, and asked for a hearing before an Independent Tribunal in accordance with Article 8 of the Programme to determine the consequences to be imposed on her for that violation.

    At a hearing on 19 July 2017, the Independent Tribunal received evidence and heard legal arguments from both parties, and subsequently issued a reasoned decision on 3 August, which is available at www.itftennis.com/antidoping. The Independent Tribunal determined that (1) Ms. Errani should serve a period of ineligibility of two months, beginning on 3 August and so ending at midnight on 2 October 2017; and (2) her results between 16 February 2017 (the date of sample collection) and 7 June 2017 (and the date of her next test, which was negative) should be disqualified, with resulting forfeiture of the ranking points and prize money that she won at events during that period.


    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.

    - ENDS -

  2. #17

    Re: Errani Tests Positive for Steroid

    I'm wondering if she did something like gave her mom her medication, and then ate a sandwich without washing her hands.
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    Re: Errani Tests Positive for Steroid

    Quote Originally Posted by JTContinental View Post
    I'm wondering if she did something like gave her mom her medication, and then ate a sandwich without washing her hands.
    If the amount found in her system is clearly much less than a single pill, that sounds pretty likely. Bad luck for her. She's already falling down the rankings, so taking away 4 months of results and banning her for another 2 will probably drop her outside the top 200.

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    Re: Errani Tests Positive for Steroid

    I'm reading that the drug found in her system is used as a masking agent. I don't think I saw that in the report but I didn't read the whole thing.
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    Re: Errani Tests Positive for Steroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie02123 View Post
    If the amount found in her system is clearly much less than a single pill, that sounds pretty likely. Bad luck for her. She's already falling down the rankings, so taking away 4 months of results and banning her for another 2 will probably drop her outside the top 200.
    And it's not like tournament directors will be stumbling over one another to give her wildcards, either. That said, she'll come back when the season is basically over, so she could play some challengers during the off-season to try to get her ranking back up. I'm pretty sure they still have a decent number of challengers during the off-season.
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    Re: Errani Tests Positive for Steroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    I'm reading that the drug found in her system is used as a masking agent. I don't think I saw that in the report but I didn't read the whole thing.
    That was noted in the first report I read on the matter. That said, subsequent reports also noted how potentially dangerous the substance is for healthy, non-menopausal women, so for me, that kind of ruled out the masking angle.
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    Errani held the press conference this morning. She is consulting with her lawyers to appeal against having points and prize money revoked
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  9. #24

    Re: Errani Tests Positive for Steroid

    I don't totally get it. If it's not performance enhancing, why is it banned? I guess because it is a masking agent, as someone else said, but I assume that that same urine sample was tested for other drugs, so if nothing was found, and it's not masking anything, and it's actually harmful, then it seems pretty clear that she wasn't benefitting from it. And again, I don't know very much about all this, but athletes always appeal, so there is clearly a process set up where they can enforce (or not) a suspension.

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  10. #25

    Re: Errani Tests Positive for Steroid

    Some fans are saying that Errani gambled by playing after the negative test thinking that because the ingestion was accidental and the level so low she'd get by with no suspension or forfeiture of money and points.

    That said I think that an appeal is always made.
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