London, England, 15 Apr 2011 - The International Tennis Federation announced that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) has dismissed the appeal by Andrei Plotniy against the decision of the ITF dated 20 September 2010 that he had breached the terms of a 15-month suspension imposed on him on 18 March 2010 for a Doping Offence, and as a result that 15-month suspension started over from the date of his last participation in those events.
The CAS panel found that Mr Plotniy, a 21-year-old Russian tennis player, had participated in events that were covered under the terms of his ineligibility, and that Mr Plotniy was not eligible for any reduction in the consequences of such participation under Article M.5.2 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme, as he failed to take all clear and obvious precautions to bring himself within its provisions.
The panel thus rejected Mr Plotniy’s appeal and instead upheld the decision imposed by the ITF on 20 September 2010 that Mr Plotniy’s 15-month period of ineligibility should start over as of 22 August 2010. Mr Plotniy’s ineligibility therefore ends at midnight on 21 November 2011. Under Article M.10.5, the results obtained by Mr Plotniy in the events concerned are automatically disqualified, and the prize money and ranking points he earned at those events are forfeited.
The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme is a comprehensive and internationally recognised drug-testing programme that applies to all players competing at tournaments sanctioned by the ITF, ATP and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and upon a finding that a Doping Offence has been committed, sanctions are imposed in accordance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More background information on the Programme, sanctions, tennis statistics and related information can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.