3 October 2013 – London, ENGLAND - The International Tennis Federation announced today that it recognises and respects the 2-year ban imposed on Matthieu Da Silva Barata by the NADO Flanders for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.3 of the WADA Code (Refusing or failing without compelling justification to submit to Sample collection after notification).
Mr Da Silva Barata, a 25-year old player from Belgium was notified on 2 June 2013 that he had been selected for In-Competition testing, and acknowledged that notification, but failed to provide a sample. Accordingly, Mr Da Silva Barata was found to have committed a violation under Article 2.3 of the WADA Code and was suspended by NADO Flanders for a period of two years, starting on 17 September 2013 and so ending at midnight on 16 September 2015.
As a Signatory to the WADA Code, the ITF (and, therefore, its member National Associations) is obliged to recognise and respect decisions of other Code Signatories that are consistent with the Code and within that Signatory’s authority (Article 15.4).
The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme is a comprehensive and internationally recognised drug-testing programme that applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed in accordance with the requirements of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme and World Anti-Doping Code. More background information on the Programme, sanctions, tennis statistics and related information can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.