British tennis star provisionally suspended from all tournaments after failing drugs test

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British tennis player Tara Moore has been provisionally suspended following a failed drugs test. The 29-year-old provided a sample which included substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List. 

Samples taken in Colombia were split and analysis of Sample A found traces of Nandrolone metabolites and Boldenone. Both are on WADA’s list of banned substances for 2022. 

An ITIA statement read: “The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has confirmed that Tara Moore, a 29-year-old British tennis player has been provisionally suspended under Articles 2.1 and 2.2 of the 2022 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP).  The ITIA sent the player a pre-charge notice of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation on 27 May under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample) and Article 2.2 (Use of a Prohibited Substance without a valid TUE). 

“Ms Moore, who has a WTA doubles ranking of 83, provided a sample whilst competing at a WTA tournament in Bogota, Colombia in April 2022. The sample was split into A and B samples and the subsequent analysis found that the A sample contained Nandrolone metabolites and Boldenone and its metabolite, which are prohibited substances listed in the 2022 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Adverse Analytic Findings for non-specified substances carry a mandatory provisional suspension. 

“The player now has the opportunity to request that the B sample is analysed to see if that confirms the A sample. In the meantime, the player is ineligible to compete in or attend any sanctioned tennis events organised by the governing bodies of the sport from the start of the provisional suspension on 27 May 2022.

“The ITIA is the delegated third party, under the World Anti-Doping Code of the International Tennis Federation, the international governing body for the sport of tennis and signatory of the Code. The ITIA is responsible for the management and administration of anti-doping across professional tennis in accordance with the 2022 TADP.”

 

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