polish tennis player Kamil Majchrzak was suspended 13 months after testing positive for banned substances, which he said on Thursday came from an «isotonic drink» containing the banned substances.
He International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) announced that Majchrzak would be suspended until December after initially being suspended in November 2022 following several positive drug tests.
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«ITIA accepted that Majchrzak had not knowingly or intentionally ingested the Prohibited Substances, and additional mitigating evidence includes the player’s consultation with a (nutritionist) about the supplement and its ingredients,» an ITIA press release stated.
«During this period, the player is prohibited from playing or attending any tennis event sanctioned or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis.»
Majchrzak, 27, issued a lengthy statement on social media on Thursday, explaining why his test results came back positive despite not knowing at the time that he had ingested the drug. forbidden substances.
«The first step I took was to send all the supplements I was taking to an accredited lab for testing,» Majchrzak said on Twitter. «After almost two months, I received the detailed analysis. This confirmed that all the prohibited substances that had been detected in my urine sample were found in one product: an isotonic drink.
«I started using this specific product from the end of September 2022 after consulting with a nutritionist until the day I found out about the positive anti-doping tests.
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«The ingredient label of the isotonic electrolyte in question does not declare any prohibited substances in sport. In addition, there is no information, in any of the available sources, that this isotonic drink may have ingredients other than those stated in the ingredient list To my knowledge, this product was also used by other athletes who were tested and never had a positive doping test.»
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Majchrzak added that the trace amounts of the substances were not enough to enhance his performance in any way. He said he was facing a four-year suspension from ITIA, but the evidence he provided reduced the suspension to 13 months.
“Without a doubt, this cruel experience will leave a mark on my life,” he said. “I still have to deal with great emotions and stress. Every day I have to work to accept the current state and focus on the future. However, deep down I know that I have not said my last word as an athlete.
Majchrzak turned professional in 2013 and reached his highest ATP ranking in February 2022, when he peaked at No. 75. He has an overall record of 30-41 and is ranked in the top 100.