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samsam4087
Jan 5th, 2008, 09:23 AM
Do you think Martina Hingis is innocent in the doping incident?



HINGIS Banned for Two Years

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Decision in the case of Martina Hingis

The International Tennis Federation announced today that an independent Anti-Doping Tribunal convened under the 2007 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme has found that Martina Hingis, a 27-year-old Swiss tennis player, has committed a Doping Offence.


Following a two-day hearing in December 2007, an independent Anti-Doping Tribunal found that a sample provided by Ms Hingis on 29 June 2007 at the Wimbledon Championships in London, England, had tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine. Cocaine and its metabolites are Prohibited Substances under WADA’s 2007 List of Prohibited Substances and are therefore also prohibited under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.


The Tribunal rejected the suggestion made on behalf of Ms Hingis that there were doubts about the identity and/or integrity of the sample attributed to her. It therefore found that she had committed a Doping Offence under Article C.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in player’s sample).


The Tribunal also rejected Ms Hingis’ plea of No (or No Significant) Fault or Negligence, on the basis that no mitigation was possible as it had not been shown how the cocaine entered her system. It therefore ruled, in accordance with the sanctions prescribed by the World Anti-Doping Code, that Ms Hingis be suspended from participation for a period of two years, commencing on 1 October 2007, and that her results from The Wimbledon Championships and subsequent events should be disqualified, with the resulting forfeiture of the ranking points and repayment of the prize money (totalling a sum of $129,481) that she won at those events.

The Tribunal’s written decision with reasons is available as a PDF file on www.itftennis.com/antidoping. Any party wishing to appeal the decision will have three weeks to do so from receipt of the written decision.


The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme is a comprehensive and internationally recognised anti-doping programme that applies to all players competing at tournaments sanctioned by the ITF, ATP and WTA Tour. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and upon a finding that a Doping Offence has been committed sanctions are imposed in accordance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More background information on the Programme, sanctions, tennis statistics and related information can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.

wtatennisballer
Jan 5th, 2008, 09:32 AM
:scratch: :secret: :smoke: :shrug:

Pasta-Na
Jan 5th, 2008, 09:40 AM
i dont care. just let her alone :o

shava
Jan 5th, 2008, 10:21 AM
She's as clear as the blue sky. They shoud lift the ban immediately!

Shvedbarilescu
Jan 5th, 2008, 10:28 AM
Did she take cocaine? No idea, doesn't matter to me. She didn't use any performance enhancing drugs. That is all that really matters.

A two year suspension for the use of a recreation drug that shouldn't even be tested for is absurd. I don't suggest taking cocaine is a clever thing to do. Sure it's not good for the body, and often it is a reflection of emotional problems, but I refuse to make judgements on the morality of those who use the stuff. And in no way can taking cocaine be construed as cheating, or gaining an unfair advantage atheletically, making a two year ban for its use idiotic.

laurie
Jan 5th, 2008, 10:42 AM
I can't vote yes or no but it is disappointing how things have turned out.

blamoh
Jan 5th, 2008, 11:04 AM
Martina had been on the tour for more than 10 years. She was the
darling of the tour. Don't you think she was checked all the time.
Surely they did. Never found anything at the time.
You fans should ask yourselves the question why now this time
she is alleged or caught using cocaine.
The answer is simple. 17 years are way different from 27 years.
She is guilty. But it doesn't do too much damage to her career
only her reputation as one of the great players has been tarnished
forever.

Dementinator
Jan 5th, 2008, 11:05 AM
Guilty as charged and good riddance to bad rubbish

Slumpsova
Jan 5th, 2008, 11:09 AM
if they said she did, i trust them.

samsam4087
Jan 6th, 2008, 12:37 AM
I think Martina is innocent.

Slumpsova
Jan 6th, 2008, 01:26 AM
I think Martina is innocent.
how can she be innocent when the results came in positive for like 3 times in a row?

i don't blame her for that though. she is professional, she must have known it won't help her game anyway. maybe she just wanted to use it for the same reason Lindsay Lohan did. i don't care. it's her personal life and she is still a great champion.