Fernando Verdasco accepts a two-month ban from competitive tennis



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Fernando Verdasco accepts a two-month ban from competitive tennis

Former world number seven Fernando Verdasco has accepted a two-month suspension for doping violations. The 39-year-old Verdasco tested positive for methylphenidate at the ATP Challenger held in February. The current 125th tennis player in the world forgot to renew the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), the "exemption" for the drug used for ADHD, i.e.

attention and hyperactivity disorder. The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) accepted the fact that Verdasco had no intention of cheating, but the Spaniard was still fined. International Tennis Integrity Agency confirmed that it "accepts that the player did not intend to cheat".

"The player admitted the Anti-Doping Rule Violation and explained that he had been medically diagnosed with ADHD and legitimately used methylphenidate as medication prescribed by his physician to treat the condition in accordance with a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), but had forgotten to renew his TUE when it expired," the ITIA said in its statement.

The statement:

"The ITIA accepts that the player did not intend to cheat, that his violation was inadvertent and unintentional, and that he bears No Significant Fault or Negligence for it. In the specific circumstances of this case, based on the player’s degree of Fault, the TADP allows for the applicable period of ineligibility to be reduced from two years to two months." "The player voluntarily accepted a provisional suspension after being notified of the charge.

The two-month period of ineligibility commenced on the date of the player’s voluntary provisional suspension and will conclude on Sunday, 8 January 2023." "The ITIA is the delegated third party, under the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) of the International Tennis Federation, the international governing body for the sport of tennis and signatory of the Code.

The ITIA is responsible for the management and administration of anti-doping across professional tennis in accordance with the 2022 TADP." A TUE is an official medical document that allows an athlete to take a drug that is otherwise prohibited, but the exception is the treatment of a certain condition or disease.

Verdasco's suspension was reduced from two years to two months, so he will be able to resume playing tennis in January 2023. Also, he was given a new authorization for the drug.