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Doubles ace Robert Farah cleared of doping charge

Doubles ace Robert Farah cleared of doping charge”

An intentional doping violation can carry a four-year ban under TADP Article 2.1 but the ITF said there was no "fault or negligence" attached to the World No.1, who could continue his career having been provisionally suspended since January 21.

Robert Farah, the world's top-ranked men's doubles player, has been cleared of an anti-doping violation by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after testing positive for a banned steroid.

A choice has actually been provided under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the "Programme") that Robert Farah has actually devoted an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the 2019Programme No duration of ineligibility was enforced.

Boldenone, a steroid, is sometimes used by farmers to enhance the growth of their cows.

He pulled out of the Australian Open for personal reasons before announcing the failed anti-doping test.

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"Therefore, the provisional suspension of the player is lifted with immediate effect, and will not fulfill any period of ineligibility for his violation". For the avoidance of doubt, Mr. Farah is eligible to resume competition immediately.

Farah is a two-times Grand Slam victor after winning Wimbledon and the US Open with fellow Colombian Juan Sebastián Cabal past year.

The decision is subject to appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the National Anti-Doping Organisation Colombia to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Farah noted that the concentrations of Boldenone in his system were extremely low and that in a subsequent test on December 29 he tested negative for any prohibited substance. After lifting crowns at Wimbledon and the US Open, Farah and Cabal were among the favorites at the Australian Open in January as well, entering the event as the top seeds before a massive turnaround that occurred a month ago.

"As stated by the Colombian Olympic Committee in 2018, this substance is found frequently in Colombian meat and may affect athletes' test results".



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