The ban on Croatia's Marin Cilic has been reduced from nine months to four months. The 25-year-old tennis player is now cleared to play at the Paris Masters next week.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) sided with the Croatian player despite a possible ban of two years requested by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The Croatian player tested positive in May for a banned stimulant nikethamide and claimed that he had not intended to ingest it in Coramine glucose tablets bought at a pharmacy.
In a statement, the CAS remarked the panel determined that the degree of fault committed by the athlete was inferior to that established in the (tribunal) decision and it was also determined by the panel that the sanction imposed was too severe in view of the degree of fault and concluded that it should be reduced to four months. The CAS statement revealed that the imposed sanction on Marin Cilic should be reduced to four months, commencing on 23 September 2013, less the period of provisional suspension already served by the player from 26 June 2013 to 23 September 2013 and the player's ban will therefore end at midnight on 25 October 2013.
The ATP ranking of Cilic that has dropped to No. 47 will now be eligible to get an immediate boost with the return of his points from events including the French Open, Wimbledon, and the grass-court Queen's Club event in London. The ITF said in a statement that results of Cilic subsequent to the BMW Open (in Munich) will not be disqualified and he is permitted to retain the ranking points and prize money that he won at those events.
Meanwhile, Serbia's Viktor Troicki, who was banned for 18 months after missing a blood test in Monte Carlo in April, is expected to receive CAS verdict ahead of the Davis Cup final between Serbia and the Czech Republic, which begins on November 15. The Serbian professional tennis player who has Russian and Serb ethnic roots has remarked he is confident that the sanction imposed on him will be overturned. The coach of the 27-year-old from Serbia player remarked a lot of people in the press are saying he was done for refusing to give a blood test and essentially portraying him as a drug cheat but he didn't refuse, he got given permission to not take it by the DCO (doping control officer).
According to a statement by ITF, Troicki provided a urine sample, but did not provide a blood sample and asserted to an independent tribunal that he was assured by the doping control officer (DCO) that it would be acceptable not to provide a sample on account of him feeling unwell that day. The statement also disclosed that the tribunal concluded that the DCO told Troicki that she could not advise him as to whether his reason for not providing a blood sample was valid, and that no such assurances were given by her. Troicki remarked he has done nothing wrong, apart from following the instructions of the doping control officer and added he even asked for a doctor to be called to the room, but she said she was in charge and showed him her diplomas.
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