05 Jan 2018

Decision in the case of Katerina Kramperova


A decision has been issued under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the "Programme") in the case of Katerina Kramperova. It was determined that Ms. Kramperova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1.

As a result, a period of ineligibility of six months, commencing on 1 August 2017, has been imposed.

Ms. Kramperova, a 28-year-old player from Czech Republic provided a urine sample on 7 June 2017 in association with her participation in the Bol Open, a WTA event, held in Bol, Croatia. That sample was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain Amiloride, Hydrochlorothiazide and its metabolite, Chloraminophenamide.

Amiloride and Hydrochlorothiazide are Specified Substances prohibited under category S5 of the 2017 WADA Prohibited List (diuretics and masking agents), and therefore are also prohibited under the Programme.

On 25 August 2017, Ms. Kramperova 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).

Ms. Kramperova promptly admitted her violation, but declined to accept a voluntary provisional suspension and, therefore, remained free to compete pending resolution of his case. (Note: under the Programme, only cases involving mandatory or voluntary provisional suspensions are announced prior to the issuance of a final decision. Mandatory provisional suspensions apply to Non-Specified Substances only).

Ms. Kramperova’s account of how the Amiloride and Hydrochlorothiazide got into her system was accepted and it was determined that she bears No Significant Fault or Negligence for the violation within the meaning of Programme Article 10.5.1.

The Programme provides for the start date of the period of ineligibility of six months to be backdated due to the prompt admission and for delays not attributable to Ms. Kramperova. Therefore, the start of the ban is back-dated by three months pursuant to Programme Article 10.10.3(b) and by a further two months pursuant to Programme Article 10.10.3(c).

This is Ms. Kramperova’s first Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The decision determines that (1) Ms. Kramperova has committed a violation of the Programme; (2) she must serve a period of ineligibility of six months; and (3) that period of ineligibility is back-dated to start on 1 August 2017 and so ending at midnight on 31 January 2018. In accordance with Programme article 9.1, the points and prize money obtained by Ms. Kramperova at the Bol event are disqualified. The full decision can be found below.