Wimbledon doubles champion Robert Farah ESCAPES ban on failed drug test because ITF accepts his argument that he ate contaminated meat
- Robert Farah was temporarily suspended and missed the Australian Open
- That was after he tested positive for anabolic steriod Boldenone in October
- But the Colombian claimed it was a result of eating contaminated meat
Wimbledon and US Open double champion Robert Farah has escaped a ban, despite breaking the doping rules.
The 33-year-old was provisionally suspended last month – meaning he missed the Australian Open – after positive testing for anabolic steriod Boldenone in October 2019, but the Colombian argued that this was due to eating contaminated meat in his home country .
His argument was accepted by the International Tennis Federation, who said in a statement: “Mr. Farah’s report on how the Boldenone entered his system was accepted and it was found that he has no fault or negligence for the violation.
Robert Farah has escaped a ban despite breaking the anti-doping rules of tennis
‘Therefore, the provisional suspension of the player is canceled with immediate effect and he will not fulfill a period of unsuitability for his violation.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Farah is eligible to resume competition immediately.”
The double number one in the world thanked family, sponsors and fans who “supported me in this difficult time to prove my innocence.”
His legal adviser Maurice M Suh welcomed the finding on behalf of his client.
The 33-year-old (right) was temporarily suspended last month after a positive test
“We are pleased that the ITF has found Mr. Farah and applied the anti-doping rules for tennis fairly,” he said in a statement.
“Mr. Farah is a champion and deserves to return to the competition and sport he loves.”
The decision can be appealed by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the National Anti-Doping Organization Colombia to the Court of Arbitration for sport.
But the Colombian Farah claimed that this was the result of eating contaminated meat in his home country