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Karatantcheva to Appeal Doping Ban

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SOFIA, Bulgaria - Bulgarian tennis player Sesil Karatantcheva said Thursday she will appeal her two-year doping ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The 16-year-old Karatantcheva, a quarterfinalist at last year's French Open, was suspended Wednesday by the International Tennis Federation after twice testing positive for the steroid nandrolone.

"I will use my right to appeal before a higher authority," Karatantcheva said.

The ban took effect Jan. 1. She had three weeks to appeal.

Karatantcheva tested positive after the French Open quarterfinal, which she lost to Russia's Elena Likhovtseva on May 31. She also failed an out-of-competition test July 5 in Tokyo. Both tests were treated as a first offense by an ITF tribunal that met Dec. 14-15 in London.

Karatantcheva said the reason for the positive tests was "a personal matter." Her father and coach, Radoslav, confirmed earlier reports that said she was pregnant at the time and had a miscarriage.

"The tribunal's ruling is subjective and one-sided." Radoslav Karatantcheva said.

Karatantcheva's lawyer said she wouldn't deny the positive tests, but would try to prove she had not taken banned substances.

"We have very strong evidence, things which were not taken into account at the hearing of the ITF tribunal," lawyer Darina Zinovieva said. "We'll file an appeal as soon as possible, and surely within the three-week deadline."

Karatantcheva, who beat Venus Williams in the third round at the French, is ranked 41st on the WTA Tour. She was the seventh youngest French Open quarterfinalist in the Open era. Her results at Roland Garros will be nullified and she will forfeit her prize money and ranking points won since that tournament.

In December, Argentine player Mariano Puerta was banned for eight years for his second doping offense, in effect ending his career. He was the first tennis player to receive a ban of more than two years.

Karatantcheva has never won a WTA title, but her showing at the French Open made her a player to watch. She lost in the second round at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Before a third-round match against Maria Sharapova in Indian Wells, Calif., in 2004, the then 14-year-old Karatantcheva vulgarly pledged to beat the Russian because of a perceived slight during training. Sharapova won that match and also defeated her at Wimbledon last year.

Karatantcheva spends six months training in Sofia, and the other half of the year in Sarasota, Fla., at Nick Bolletieri's Tennis Academy.

Her parents are champion Bulgarian athletes _ her father in rowing, her mother in volleyball.
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At least, she can try to prove her innocence.
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I hope her ban will be reduced to 6 months : 2 years this is way too much for a girl of her age ! 6 months is more then enough... They should investigate who's the person who gave her nandrolon...

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I hope her ban will be reduced to 6 months : 2 years this is way too much for a girl of her age ! 6 months is more then enough... They should investigate who's the person who gave her nandrolon...
I think two years is fair. Hopefully during that time she can learn from this whole situation.

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Everyone always appeals; there is nothing surprising about this. Even her lawyer's statement that he has "very strong evidence" of her innocence is par for the course in these cases. But I will be amazed if the ruling is overturned, especially since they admit the test results were accurate, though they claim there is an innocent explanation -- as everyone always does claim.
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I think two years is fair. Hopefully during that time she can learn from this whole situation.
2 years is harsh, this is my opinion ! She also can learn with 6 months ban to think about what she did wrong... She also should be more carefull with people who are around her and not taking anything without a real and clear doctor advice...

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2 years does seem like a long time (I imagine it seems like an eternity to Karatantcheva right now) but Sesil is still very (very) young. Sorry to any 16 year olds reading, I left those days behind a little while ago, lol...

I'm not excusing what may or may not have happened at all but I wish her well.

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Their case is alot weaker than I expected. Nandrolone tests are far from a sure thing, still. Rusedski got his name cleared after testing positive. Nandrolone also occurs naturally via a combination of a high protein diet and extreme cardio-vascular exercises. Oh, and the drug is also used as a form of birth control.

There are still way more questions than answers...
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Everyone always appeals; there is nothing surprising about this. Even her lawyer's statement that he has "very strong evidence" of her innocence is par for the course in these cases. But I will be amazed if the ruling is overturned, especially since they admit the test results were accurate, though they claim there is an innocent explanation -- as everyone always does claim.

Not everyone appeals...

the strong evidence they have is that she was unknowingly pregnant at the time and later suffered a miscarriage. When pregnant, women have a high level of nandrolone in their systems. If she has evidence of her pregnancy and her miscarriage, I wouldnt be suprized if her ban was overturned.

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Their case is alot weaker than I expected. Nandrolone tests are far from a sure thing, still. Rusedski got his name cleared after testing positive. Nandrolone also occurs naturally via a combination of a high protein diet and extreme cardio-vascular exercises. Oh, and the drug is also used as a form of birth control.

There are still way more questions than answers...

such great points

and to add to your list, nandrolone is present in pregnant women's bodies

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Unless something new is produced, I don't give the appeal much chance. If you get let off after two positive tests taken months apart, that would virtually rule out drug regulation in tennis.

Her best hope is to get her sentence reduced to a year.

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As a result the ITF has blacked out details of the Tribunal

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It seems to be a battle of medical experts as to whether or not the concentrations of the substance occured naturally. Medicine is not an exact science.... The tribunal concedes that the results very well could have been caused inadvertantly by taking dietary supplements. In that case, the issue could be only negligence, on the part of her handlers, no deliberate act by Sesil whatsoever. However, in spite of the obscurities she got the maximum, not because it was just, but surely to instill fear in the rest of the tour... And the tribunal seems to clearly be trying to make themselves feel better by pointing out that she is young and could still have a long career ahead...
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