Court suspends tennis ban for Yanina Wickmayer
A Belgian court decided to suspend the one-year doping ban given to Yanina Wickmayer.
Wickmayer’s lawyers hopes she can play as soon as possible while she wishes to receive a wild card for the Australian Open 2010 because the chances to get in by raning are already closed.
Wickmayer was suspended by a Belgian court last month for breaking World Anti-Doping Agency rules by failing to report their whereabouts for drug testing three times.
Wickmayer’s lawyer, Kristof De Saedeleer, said it’s “logical” to scrap the ban if the original ruling was suspect. It was unclear when a full ruling would be announced.
The ITF said it based its ban on the local anti-doping tribunal’s decision. De Saedeleer said that by suspending the original ruling, the Brussels court made it clear tennis authorities no longer had a legal basis to justify their penalty.
“This was a first step to make sure our players can be on court as soon as possible again,” he said.
Wickmayer has already asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn the bans. A ruling is expected in the next three months.
Wickmayer’s lawyers are launching appeals with European authorities questioning the legality of WADA’s rules.
Victory at the European Commission in Brussels and the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights could force WADA to drastically change its rules on when and where athletes can be tested out of competition.
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