Halep appears before sports court


Simona Halep appears before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this week in an attempt to get her tennis career back on track.

The former world number one was banned for four years in September for using banned substances.

According to the international tennis integrity governing body (ITIA), she tested positive for Roxadustat – a drug that boosts an athlete’s red blood cells and ultimate endurance – at the US Open last year.

However, she strongly denied that she knowingly took the drug and claims that contaminated supplements are the reason for the positive test.

A smiling Halep looked confident as she entered the CAS main building in the Swiss city of Lausanne with her legal team.

The 32-year-old Romanian player has argued from the outset that she is innocent and refuses to accept ITIA’s decision.

According to the winner of the French Open (2018) and Wimbledon (2019), she appeals against the decision to restore her name in honor.

“If the four-year suspension is upheld, I don’t know what I will do. It will probably mean the end of my career,” Halep said at the time in an interview with Euronews Romania.

“If it’s for something I didn’t do and, moreover, it’s not my fault, it will be even more catastrophic.”

The ITIA says that the tribunal indeed accepted that Halep had taken a contaminated supplement, but that the volume she had taken would not have been able to lead to the concentration of the substance found in the positive sample.