The International Tennis Federation announced that it had rejected the request made by Ukrainian player Diana Yastremska to lift the temporary suspension imposed by the International Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on her earlier this January.
The suspension was imposed on the world number 29 on January 7, after “Wada” verified the presence of sports banned substances in its sample based on an examination outside of competitions.
The sample was withdrawn from the 20-year-old Yastermska in November, and a laboratory in Montreal affiliated with the agency found traces of mesterolone on the list of sports banned substances.
The International Tennis Federation said in its statement that “the president of an independent court formed to look into the case rejected the request made by Diana Yastremska to lift the temporary suspension imposed on her on January 7, according to the anti-doping program in tennis.”
Yastremska denies using any performance-enhancing substances and believes the positive test was due to “contamination.”
The young Ukrainian player traveled to Melbourne, Australia, hoping to compete in the Australian Open, which begins on February 8th, after she submitted a request to lift the suspension.
The International Tennis Federation said that the arrested player can appeal his latest decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, “Wada” or the National Center for Drug Control in Ukraine.