London | Tara Moore suspended by ITIA after positive doping test

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).

Moore has denied taking a banned substance and has said she is ‘saddened’ by her provisional suspension, tweeting:”I have never knowingly taken a banned substance in my career.

“I am investigating how the positive result could have occurred and look forward to proving that I am a clean athlete.

“I am deeply saddened by the provisional suspension and hope to be back on the court as soon as possible.”

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.

Since Moore provided a sample, which included substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List, 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, citing the presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample, and Article 2.2, which covers Use of a Prohibited Substance without a valid TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption).

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, and 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, Moore 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.

Moore is ranked No 83 in the world for women’s doubles and participated in the French Open in May where she and her American partner Emina Bektas reached the second round after beating Belinda Bencic & Anhelina Kalinina in their opening match.

The British No 14 has a singles ranking of 390, having been as high as 145, and reached the second round at Wimbledon in 2016.



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