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Martina Hingis aims to clear her name!

Finally some good news about Hingis!

Martina Hingis aims to clear name


By Simon Hart

Last Updated: 2:26am GMT 04/11/2007

Martina Hingis, who announced her retirement from tennis last week because she did "not want to have a fight with anti-doping authorities" following her positive test for cocaine, is continuing to wage a legal battle to clear her name and has hired the London-based lawyer who helped former British athlete Diane Modahl overturn a four-year drugs ban.

Anti-doping officials are astonished by Hingis's decision to go public with the cocaine charge, which arose from a urine sample she gave at this year's Wimbledon, because she is in the middle of a legal process that will culminate in a personal disciplinary hearing by an independent panel in the near future.

Under the rules of the World Anti-Doping Code, any athlete charged with a drugs offence is guaranteed anonymity until he or she is found guilty. Were she to be cleared by the disciplinary panel, her involvement in a doping case would never be known and her reputation would remain intact.
Far from going quietly to avoid a protracted fight with the drug authorities, as she said in her press conference on Thursday, Hingis is continuing with her battle and is being represented by solicitor Tony Morton-Hooper, who worked for Modahl in the mid-Nineties in her battle against a positive test for testosterone.
He also successfully defended British triathlete Spencer Smith, who was cleared of any doping offence after testing positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone in 1998.
In both cases, Morton-Hooper attacked the "chain of custody" documentation of the urine samples, which ensures that the sealed test tubes can be tracked accurately throughout the testing procedure.


Comments made by Hingis this week, when she strenuously protested her innocence, suggested Morton-Hooper would be using the same defence.
"The attorney and his experts discovered various inconsistencies with the urine sample that was taken during Wimbledon," said Hingis, who won five Grand Slam titles and became the youngest world No 1 at the age of 16.
"He is also convinced that the doping officials mishandled the process and would not be able to prove that the urine that was tested for cocaine actually came from me."
The International Tennis Federation, who are responsible for dope testing at Grand Slam tournaments, are understood to repudiate any claims that their testing procedure is flawed.
Quite why Hingis decided to reveal the doping allegations remains a mystery. One theory is that the news was about to leak. Another is that she is resigned to her fate and was trying to take the sting out of the story with an early denial.
However, retiring may not allow her to escape the shame of a drug suspension. Regardless of whether she is playing, the ITF would still have no choice but to impose a punishment in case she decided to come out of retirement. Cocaine is a performance-enhancing stimulant and carries a two-year ban.

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Re: Martina Hingis aims to clear her name!

Well I'm glad she was convinced into trying to clear her name.

It looked really suspicious when she said that she wasn't going to.

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19. In the period from January to April 2006 Dr. Skalny sent very detailed messages to Ms Sharapova [...]: “Mildronate 1-2 X 10, repeat in 2 wks (before training or competition)”; “1 hr before competition, 2 pills of Mildronate”; “During games of special importance, you can increase your Mildronate dose to 3-4 pills (1 hr before the match). However, it is necessary to consult me on all these matters (please call)”; “30 minutes prior to a training session: Mildronat – 1 Capsule. 30-45 minutes prior to a tournament Mildronat 2 capsules”.
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Re: Martina Hingis aims to clear her name!

What is weird is that she didn't want to wait until the anti-doping authorities had the official results, she confronted the press by herself before the anti-doping authorities made any announcement. Hingis might be able to clear her name, which would be a victory in itself, but then if she can do that, why did she tell the public, when she could have kept it all anonymous? One might wonder if she just wanted a reason to retire, after all these struggles this year... But that wouldn't be smart huh
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She probably did want a reason to retire.

I don't know if she's the first athlete to announce a positive result before the anti-doping authorities though. Is that really uncommon? Anyhow, I think it was better for her to announce it herself before the anti-doping autorities. It's like a "preemptive strike".

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19. In the period from January to April 2006 Dr. Skalny sent very detailed messages to Ms Sharapova [...]: “Mildronate 1-2 X 10, repeat in 2 wks (before training or competition)”; “1 hr before competition, 2 pills of Mildronate”; “During games of special importance, you can increase your Mildronate dose to 3-4 pills (1 hr before the match). However, it is necessary to consult me on all these matters (please call)”; “30 minutes prior to a training session: Mildronat – 1 Capsule. 30-45 minutes prior to a tournament Mildronat 2 capsules”.
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Did she actually say she wasn't going to try to clear her name when she retired? I know she said she didn't want a protracted legal battle, but I assumed that was over whether she was going to get a ban from playing tennis, while this is slightly different. I guess in effect, if she does clear her name, then there would be no ban, but I think she meant it a bit differently with this, than with what she said when she retired. Good that she will fight it I guess.

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Well I am glad she is fighting it at least.







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U gotta be insane if you really think that Hingis was using this cocaine charge as some excuse to retire. Martina wasn't thinking of retiring. All u have to do is read her interviews.

Imho I think Martina is telling the truth. I don't trust these folks who check urine samples. There are many ways that someone can taint a sample.

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Did she actually say she wasn't going to try to clear her name when she retired? I know she said she didn't want a protracted legal battle, but I assumed that was over whether she was going to get a ban from playing tennis, while this is slightly different. I guess in effect, if she does clear her name, then there would be no ban, but I think she meant it a bit differently with this, than with what she said when she retired. Good that she will fight it I guess.
Yep, whatever the reason, it would only have good effects on her image, reputation and legacy.
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Thank God! Very strange that she came out with it like this. Perhaps she wanted to do it on her own terms or there was about to be a leak to the media. It would have looked horrible.

Does anyone know how long this process takes? The comeback part 3 would just be hilarious. Martina can officially claim the most dramatic career in tennis history
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Good to know that Martina will be fighting this case.
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Thank God! Very strange that she came out with it like this. Perhaps she wanted to do it on her own terms or there was about to be a leak to the media. It would have looked horrible.

Does anyone know how long this process takes? The comeback part 3 would just be hilarious. Martina can officially claim the most dramatic career in tennis history
OMG I don't predict a part 3 though, but simply clearing her name would be a huge relief for all of us already
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Re: Martina Hingis aims to clear her name!

She came out with it because it was a factor in her decision to retire. She didn't say she wasn't going to fight it, she said she didn't want to fight it while she plays tennis.

I'm glad this has now been clarified.
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By retiring she ensured that the ITF could not release the formal results of the drug tests.
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geez a 2 year ban for cocaine. holy crap. well i'm still speechless as to this happening to Martina.

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By retiring she ensured that the ITF could not release the formal results of the drug tests.
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