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Authorities are getting tough in tennis, Puerta gets 8 year ban, watch out Sesil!!!

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Tennis player Mariano Puerta banned eight years for second doping offense

By CHRIS LEHOURITES, AP Sports Writer
December 21, 2005

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LONDON (AP) -- Mariano Puerta was a long shot when he reached the French Open final in June. Now, the Argentine is facing the longest doping ban in tennis history.

The 27-year-old Puerta was banned for eight years Wednesday for his second doping offense, effectively ending his career. He is the first tennis player to receive a ban of more than two years.

"I find it extraordinary that it could ever be thought satisfactory that a person's livelihood can be terminated in circumstances such as these," Puerta said in a statement.

Puerta tested positive for the cardiac stimulant etilefrine after losing to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final on June 5.

The three-man International Tennis Federation tribunal said the drug apparently came from effortil, a medication Puerta's wife takes for hypertension.

"We accept on the balance of probabilities that the player's contamination with effortil was inadvertent," said the ITF tribunal, which met Dec. 6-7. "The amount of etilefrine in his body was too small to have any effect on his performance."

The ITF said Puerta will be disqualified from the French Open and his results nullified, but he will keep his place in the record books as a finalist.

Puerta was banned for nine months in 2003 for using clenbuterol, an asthma medication with some steroid-like properties, and faced a possible lifetime ban for a second infraction. But an ITF tribunal said he was given a lighter penalty because the positive result in Paris was inadvertent.

Puerta did not dispute the drug was in his body, and the ITF accepted his plea of "no significant fault or negligence."

The eight-year ban is retroactive to June 5. Puerta has three weeks to appeal, but said he would not make a decision before the end of the year. The ITF panel said it expected the case to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The ITF said it was unclear how and when Puerta ingested the drug, but "we cannot see how it need have occurred at all if the player had exercised the utmost caution."

"My position has always been that I did not deliberately or knowingly ingest any prohibited substance," Puerta said. "The tribunal accept that the substance ... entered my system entirely inadvertently and without my knowledge as a result of accidental contamination by an over-the-counter medicine which my wife was taking."

Besides forfeiting his prize money from the French Open, Puerta will give up his titles, prize money and ranking points won after Roland Garros. He is currently ranked No. 12 on the ATP Tour.

Since the French Open, Puerta has earned about $330,000 in prize money.


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The ITF's sanction was welcomed by World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound.

"You're dealing with somebody who's tested positive twice in less than two years and clearly doesn't think the rules apply to him," Pound said.

Puerta, who joined the ATP Tour in June 1997, won his third career title in April at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco. He also won in Palermo, Italy, in 1998, and Bogota, Colombia, in 2000.

"It's awful news because Puerta is a nice guy," Argentine Tennis Association president Enrique Morea said. "They have ruined his career."

Puerta is one of six Argentine players caught up in doping cases in recent years. Guillermo Coria, Juan Ignacio Chela and Guillermo Canas served doping suspensions, and Martin Rodriguez received a warning for a positive caffeine test.

The other, doubles specialist Mariano Hood, has acknowledged testing positive for a banned drug at the French Open.

Bulgarian teenager Sesil Karatantcheva tested positive for the steroid nandrolone after losing in the quarterfinals at the French Open, the French sports daily L'Equipe reported Tuesday.

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i dont get it. y would players take drugs? they know they'll get caught dont they
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8 years for something they know he didn't do intentionally and it wasn't negligence?! That seems WAY too harsh. I understand they are tryin to send a message, but come on this is hardly an open and shut case.

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8 years for something they know he didn't do intentionally and it wasn't negligence?! That seems WAY too harsh. I understand they are tryin to send a message, but come on this is hardly an open and shut case.
But Puerta was caught with drug twices in 2 years - that either i bit sus' or Puerta is simply an idiot


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But Puerta was caught with drug twices in 2 years - that either i bit sus' or Puerta is simply an idiot

Sure it's suspicious and he probably is an idiot for not being more careful, but they believe that this second time is purely an accident and he in no way knowingly took the substance or was negligible and now they are effectively ending his acreer? I hope they can sleep at night.

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He's a professional athlete remember they are scrupulus about what they ingest. Yes is was harsh, a fairer ban would have been 2-3 years thus not ending his career but still i respect WADA, ITF and Dick Pound's decision.


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I thought it was 2 years. 8 YEARS? Thats way too much

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That sentencing is harsh, after conceding that the amount of etilefrine was too small to have an effect on performance. Tough break for Puerta.

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inadvertant ingestions + no performance affect= 8 year ban

the equation doesn't add up

and I have a real problem with a system that does not and will not take circumstances into account. I would sue their asses off......

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inadvertant ingestions + no performance affect= 8 year ban

the equation doesn't add up

and I have a real problem with a system that does not and will not take circumstances into account. I would sue their asses off......
All true. I can't see how this can stand legally. Rubbing someone out (as this effectively does) is more appropriate for premeditated drug use with a likelihood of a genuine improvement in performance (like a regulated program of anabolic steroids). I'm suspicious about Puerta, but the sentence and the finding just don't match up. One of them has to be wrong. You can't make a finding of inadvertence then sentence on the basis that you're not sure it really was inadvertence. If they thought Puerta was lying they should have said so. If they thought it was inadvertent, the sentence should have reflected it.

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8 years for something they know he didn't do intentionally and it wasn't negligence?! That seems WAY too harsh. I understand they are tryin to send a message, but come on this is hardly an open and shut case.
Agreed!! its ridiculous for them to have that statement and serve out a 8 year ban in the same breathe!!

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All true. I can't see how this can stand legally. Rubbing someone out (as this effectively does) is more appropriate for premeditated drug use with a likelihood of a genuine improvement in performance (like a regulated program of anabolic steroids). I'm suspicious about Puerta, but the sentence and the finding just don't match up. One of them has to be wrong. You can't make a finding of inadvertence then sentence on the basis that you're not sure it really was inadvertence. If they thought Puerta was lying they should have said so. If they thought it was inadvertent, the sentence should have reflected it.
hmm yeah it really does seem wierd...the sentence odesn't add up if they believe he didn't do it on purpose and it wasn't even enough to be performance enhacing. Not that it means there aren't still suspicions about him anyway!

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Well if he was too dumb as an ex-offender not to check out whatever he was taking, that's his own fault. Yes it is harsh and I think that if the ITF used faulty reasons and rules, he can take this to court and get the sentence changed. If they are within the bounds of the law, then he is guilty and 8 years is 8 years.
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Cmon now guys, he was caught two times. After the first time of being caught drugging he should of been extra cautious. I really do believe he thought he wasn't going to get caught again doping up.

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