08 Jun 2017

Decision in the case of Yuri Schwanke de Andrade


8 June 2017 – LONDON, England - An Independent Tribunal appointed under Article 8.1 of the 2016 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the "Programme") has issued a decision that Yuri Schwanke de Andrade has committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme. The decision imposed a period of ineligibility of three years and nine months, commencing on 13 June 2016.

Mr. Schwanke de Andrade, a 20-year-old player from Brazil, provided a urine sample on 16 April 2016 in association with his participation in the Sao Paulo Challenger de Tenis tournament held in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 18 to 24 April 2016, an ITF Pro Circuit event. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain metandienone and clenbuterol, which are both non-Specified substances prohibited under category S1 of the 2016 Prohibited List (anabolic agents), and therefore are also prohibited under the Programme.

On 3 June 2016, Mr. Schwanke de Andrade was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample), and was Provisionally Suspended with effect from 13 June 2016. Mr. Schwanke de Andrade was unable to prove that his anti-doping rule violation was 'not intentional'.

The decision of the Independent Tribunal determined that (1) Mr. Schwanke de Andrade committed a violation of the Programme; (2) he should serve a period of ineligibility of three years and nine months; and (3) that period of ineligibility is back-dated under Article 10.10.3(b) of the Programme to start on 13 June 2016 (the date on which he was provisionally suspended) and so ending at midnight on 12 March 2020. 

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme 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 under the Programme in compliance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More information on the Programme, sanctions, statistics, and related matters can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.