09 Nov 2011

Decision in the case of Jaime Carmona


London, England, 09 Nov 2011 - The International Tennis Federation announced today that Jaime Carmona has been found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article C.1 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in player’s sample).

Mr Carmona, a 23-year-old tennis player from Spain, provided a sample on 4 September 2011 at the XLIX Copa Sevilla Challenger event held in Seville, Spain. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain terbutaline, a beta-2 agonist. Terbutaline is a Prohibited Substance under the 2011 WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods, and is therefore also prohibited under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme. Mr Carmona was therefore charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article C.1 of the Programme.

Mr Carmona did not have a valid TUE for the use of terbutaline, but presented evidence that he had been prescribed terbutaline to treat a medical condition. The ITF accepted that Mr Carmona did not intend to enhance his performance. It is a player’s strict personal duty to ensure that no Prohibited Substance enters his/her body, however as terbutaline is a ‘Specified Substance’ under the 2011 Prohibited List, there is discretion as to the applicable sanction that is applied.

The ITF therefore confirmed Mr Carmona’s commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article C.1 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme, and determined that he be given a reprimand and no period of ineligibility. The ITF also determined that Mr Carmona’s results achieved at the 2011 XLIX Copa Sevilla Challenger Event should be disqualified.

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.