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After the scandal of ATP top ten player Guillermo Cañas being suspended for two years yesterday after taking some banned sustance given to him by the ATP doctor in Acapulco, articles like this makes me wonder...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/1998/07/14/reeves_drugs/#more
WTA player guilty of doping

ITF won't punish Reeves


Posted: Tuesday July 14, 1998 07:09 PM

LONDON (AP) -- American teenager Samantha Reeves has been found guilty of a doping offense but will not be sanctioned because she took steroids unwittingly, the International Tennis Federation said Tuesday.

In what is believed to be the first doping case in women's tennis, the ITF said Reeves, 19, of Monona, Wisconsin, tested positive for traces of nandrolone metabolites in an out-of-competition test in December 1997.

Nandrolone is considered a "Class 1" banned substance, a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid whose use would normally result in a long ban.

The ITF appeals committee, meeting in London on July 5, ruled that Reeves was guilty of a doping offense but cited "exceptional circumstances" for not imposing any sanctions.

The ITF said Reeves never disputed that the banned substances were found in her sample, and that she acted in "good faith" in taking a product which she believed was for weight loss.

"Had she known or suspected that the product had anabolic characteristics, she would not have taken it," an ITF statement said. "The Appeals Committee concludes that Ms. Reeves was naive and immature at the time of the offense, being 18 years old and having just joined the professional circuit as an amateur.

"The Appeals Committee were satisfied that it would therefore be harsh to consider her actions unreasonable in the light of her exceptional circumstances."

The ITF said the finding of a doping offense "is a sanction in itself, since the matter, while pending, has had emotional and financial consequences for Ms. Reeves."

The ITF stressed that players should seek expert advice before taking any medical products and said Reeves could face a life ban for a second offense.

Reeves currently ranked No. 133 in the world, has retained her amateur status while playing on the WTA Tour. She has played in all three Grand Slam tournaments so far this year, losing in the first round at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.

Reeves was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. 18-and-under division in 1996 and played on the USTA circuit in 1997.
 

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If Cañas is telling the truth about where he got the dope, he should have been able to present proper evidence to support his story.
 

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1998 is a pretty long time ago, before drug/steroid use in tennis started to become something that people talked about... i'm guessing that if this happened today, there would be a suspension.
 

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spiceboy said:
After the scandal of ATP top ten player Guillermo Cañas being suspended for two years yesterday after taking some banned sustance given to him by the ATP doctor in Acapulco, articles like this makes me wonder...
I have a feeling that the product itself may have had something to do with it. If, for example, the product didn't list the banned substance, and the product name wasn't on a 'banned' list, how would she know?

A top ten player has the financial resources to have things tested. An 18 year of amateur does not.
 

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To be honest, the ITF might have saw that Reeves really wasn't that good of a player with or without the steroids. To take someone's living from a person because of a steroid is an awful thing to do. In the case of Canas, he has enough money even with them taking money from this year, he will be fine for two years.
 
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