14 Feb 2018

Decision in the case of Adrian Barbu


A decision has been issued under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the "Programme") that Adrian Barbu has committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1.

It was agreed that a period of ineligibility of two years should be imposed, commencing on 16 August 2017.

Mr. Barbu, a 34-year-old player from Romania, provided a urine sample on 16 August 2017 in association with his participation in the Bucher Reisen Tennis Grand Prix, an ATP Challenger Tour event in Meerbusch, Germany. That sample was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain nandrolone and methenolone metabolites.

Nandrolone and methenolone are Non-Specified Substances prohibited under category S1.1 of the 2017 WADA Prohibited List (anabolic agents), and therefore are also prohibited under the Programme.

On 12 October 2017, Mr. Barbu 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). He promptly admitted his violation and was provisionally suspended on 22 October (as Adverse Analytical Findings for Non-Specified substances carry mandatory provisional suspensions).

Mr. Barbu’s account of how the nandrolone and methenolone got into his system was accepted as being more likely than not, and it was determined that his fault was significant. The Programme provides for the start date of the period of ineligibility to be backdated due to the prompt admission. Therefore, the start of the ban is back-dated to the date of sample collection pursuant to Programme Article 10.10.3(b).

This is Mr. Barbu’s first Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The decision determines that (1) Mr. Barbu has committed a violation of the Programme; (2) he must serve a period of ineligibility of two years; and (3) that period of ineligibility is back-dated to start on 16 August 2017 and so ending at midnight on 15 August 2019. In accordance with Programme article 9.1, the points and prize money obtained by Mr. Barbu at the Meerbusch event and all subsequent events are disqualified. The full decision can be found below.