Halep Steps Back On Training Court After Doping Scandal (Watch)

Halep takes a step back on the training ground after the doping scandal (SEE)

Simona Halep was seen training at the Stejarii Complex in Romania. The complex is owned by Ion Tiriac, the former famous Romanian tennis player.

Two-time Major champion Simona Halep has been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

During the US Open, the 31-year-old turned in a sample containing the banned drug Roxadustat. Simona was defeated by Daria Snigur in the first round of the New York Open before undergoing minor surgery and missing the rest of the season.

The Romanian has asserted her innocence and her legal proceedings have begun. Simona has been plagued with injuries in recent years, losing her position at the top and making a big improvement in 2022.

Halep’s reaction to the doping ban

The news of Simona Halep’s positive doping test for the Slam champion and one of the best tennis players of recent years absolutely shocked the sports world.

This was announced by the tennis player herself, who made the following statements: «Today the most difficult match of my life begins: the battle for the truth. I have been informed that I have tested positive for taking a substance called Roxadustat in an extremely low amount.» .

It is the biggest shock of my life. Throughout my career, the idea of ​​cheating has never once crossed my mind, because it totally goes against all the values ​​I was raised on. Faced with such an unfair situation, I feel completely confused and betrayed.

I will fight to the end to prove that I have never knowingly taken any banned substance and I am hopeful that sooner or later the truth will come out.» WTA CEO Steve Simon said he spoke with Simona Halep. «I think she didn’t. t do something intentionally.

That being said, I’m a big believer in our anti-doping program, and I think it’s a good one, and our players support it too. And if you ask Simona, she supports him. I am very confident that as we go through the process, the truth will come out and we will address it accordingly. But I have a lot of sympathy for Simona, because she would never question her integrity,” Simon said.

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