Decision: International Tennis Federation v Sara Errani
Decision of the Independent Tribunal: International Tennis Federation (ITF) v Sara Errani.
The Independent Tribunal has issued its decision in the ITF v Sara Errani matter, concluding that Ms Errani has committed an Article 2.1 Anti-doping Rule Violation under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) for the presence of a Prohibited Substance, Letrozole. A two-month period of ineligibility was imposed, and came into effect on 3 August 2017.
The matter was referred to Sport Resolutions for determination in accordance with the Procedural Rules Governing Proceedings Before an Independent Tribunal Convened Under ITF Rules, and an Independent Tribunal was appointed and comprised of David Casement QC (Chairman), Dr Kitrina Douglas and Dr Terry Crystal.
The player admitted the charge and both parties filed submissions and called evidence addressing the issue of sanction. Sara Errani admitted the charge, but argued that she should receive a reduced sanction as she did not act “intentionally”. The Tribunal was satisfied that Ms Errani had, on a balance of probabilities, demonstrated how the substance entered her system. However, the Tribunal was not satisfied that she had acted with No Fault or Negligence, but that she acted with No Significant Fault or Negligence, and that her degree of fault was at the lowest end of the scale.
The results of the player shall be disqualified in accordance with Article 10.8 for the period from 16 February 2017 to 7 June 2017.
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