World No. 51 Mikael Eimer has been banned from tennis for 18 months for an anti-doping violation… but the Swede claims his ‘conscience is clear’
Swedish player Mikael Eimer has been banned from tennis for 18 months for an anti-doping violation.
The 24-year-old, ranked 51st, was found by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have committed three failures of the Hadis system, which requires athletes to be available for drug testing for an hour each day within 12 months. .
Yammer, who upset ninth seed Taylor Fritz en route to the third round at Wimbledon this month, was initially cleared by an independent tribunal but the International Tennis Federation appealed the decision to CAS.
The dispute came to a third failure on the eve of a tournament in Rouen, France in November 2021, with Immer arguing that he was not to blame.
The CAS panel took a different view, however, giving him an 18-month ban, slightly reduced from the two-year sanction sought by the ITF.
Mikael Eimer has been banned from tennis for 18 months for an anti-doping rule violation
The Swedish player was initially cleared but CAS imposed the ban after an appeal by the ITF
Yammer upset ninth seed Taylor Fritz on the left en route to the third round at Wimbledon.
A CAS statement said: ‘Following a hearing on 25 April 2023, the CAS panel in charge of the matter deliberated and concluded that the player is in compliance with the anti-doping regulations by omitting to verify his position filed for 7 November 2021. Failed to confirm compliance. , and assumes that any discrepancy between his actual and declared position will be corrected by his agent or tennis authority.’
Reacting to the ruling on Twitter, Immer wrote: ‘Yesterday, I learned that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has suspended me from professional tennis for 18 months, despite never having used a banned substance or been charged.
‘Having already been cleared once, and sincerely stood by the fact that I do not think the third offense was committed, I find their decision to try me again, and subsequently convict me, unfair.
‘On top of that, I find it hard to understand why they felt an 18-month suspension was a fair punishment.
‘I understand that these rules are put in place to protect the integrity of our sport and they are there for a reason. However, I do not believe that I have broken those rules, and my conscience is clear to God as my witness.’
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