Decision of the Independent Tribunal: International Tennis Federation (ITF) v Jake Mak

Decision of the Independent Tribunal: International Tennis Federation (ITF) v Jake Mak

The Independent Tribunal has issued its decision in the ITF v Jake Mak matter, concluding that Mr Mak had committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under Article 2.3 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) for refusal to submit to a sample collection of blood. A two-year period of ineligibility was imposed, and in accordance with Article 10.10.3(c) that period began on 24 February 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. An Independent Tribunal was appointed and composed of William Norris QC (Chairman), Lorraine Johnson and Dr Barry O’Driscoll.

The player admitted the charge of intentionally refusing to provide a blood sample after valid notification, submitting - and the Tribunal accepting - that he "genuinely believed" that he had good reason not to give the blood sample. The Tribunal was satisfied that Mr Mak had offered, and later provided a urine sample indicating that he had no intention to cheat. 

Under those circumstances, the Tribunal considered that the appropriate sanction is one half of the period of ineligibility otherwise applicable.

The results of the player subsequent to 24 February 2017 shall be disqualified pursuant to TADP Article 10.8.

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