Dan Evans Banned for One-year After Testing Positive for Cocaine
British tennis player Dan Evans has been banned for one year after testing positive for cocaine, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced today.
The ITF decision read: “A decision has been issued under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme that Daniel Evans has committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme. It was agreed that a period of one year's ineligibility should be imposed, commencing on 24 April 2017.
“On 16 June 2017, Mr. Evans was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme and was Provisionally Suspended with effect from 26 June 2017. Mr. Evans promptly admitted his violation. The ITF accepted Mr. Evans’ account of how the cocaine got into his system and that he bears No Significant Fault or Negligence for the violation.”
The ban has been backdated, which means that Evans will be eligible to play again on 24 April 2018.
The full ITF decision can be accessed here.
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