London | Farah escapes ban
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Robert Farah, in partnership with fellow Colombian Juan Sebastian Cabal, won the Wimbledon Doubles title last year only to run foul of a drugs test in October which showed he had ‘boldenone’, a steroid, in his system.
He was promptly banned in January and missed the Australian Open but he has now been cleared of any doping violation having successfully appealed claiming he had eaten ‘infected’ meat when he was at home in Bogota.
That was accepted by the ITF who have declared him fit to return to the circuit.
“Mr. Farah was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample) on 11 January 2020. Mr. Farah’s account of how the Boldenone entered his system was accepted and it was determined that he bears No Fault or Negligence for the violation within the meaning of Programme Article 10.4,” the ITF statement read.
“Therefore, the Player’s provisional suspension (imposed on 21 January 2020) is lifted with immediate effect, and he will not serve any period of Ineligibility for his violation. For the avoidance of doubt, Mr. Farah is eligible to resume competition immediately.”
Boldenone is widely used by farmers in Colombia to boost the growth of cows, but it is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.