Doping ban for Zahlavova Strycova

  • Last Updated: February 14 2013, 17:53 GMT

World number 124 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has been banned for six months after testing positive for a stimulant, the International Tennis Federation has announced.

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova: Banned

The 26-year-old provided a sample at the Luxembourg Open on October 16, 2012 which was subsequently found to contain sibutramine, a stimulant and on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list.

The Czech Republic player explained the sibutramine had got into her system as a result of her use of the supplement ACAI Berry Thin.

Zahlavova Strycova insisted she had not intended to enhance her performance using the supplement, with the ITF accepting her explanation.

The world governing body were also satisfied she met the requirements "to satisfy article 10.4 of the Programme (Elimination or Reduction of the Period of Ineligibility for Specified Substance under Specified Circumstances), and bore No Significant Fault or Negligence".

As a result, it was deemed that Zahlavova Strycova be given a six-month ban, backdated to start on October 16 and ending at midnight on April 16, 2013.

Her results from the Luxembourg Open and the Bueschl Open were also disqualified with the subsequent loss of prize money and ranking points.

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