Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Minar denies doping

It seems like not only the Argentinians are able to provide as with doping scandals. Czech tennis player Ivo Minar was tested positive for a banned substance after a Davis Cup match against... (surprise, surprise) ... Argentine!

Czech Tennis Association president Ivo Kaderka said the sample was taken after the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Argentine on July 10-12. He also added that Minar was taking an unspecified food supplement that apparently contained a derivative of the banned stimulant pseudoephedrine.

The 25-year-old Minar, who is ranked 66th, denied deliberate doping.

"I have never consciously taken a banned substance. This is why I rejected the accusation of doping in my reaction sent to the ITF." - he said in a statement sent to the CTK news agency.

Minar cited an injury when he pulled out of the upcoming U.S. Open on Friday. Kaderka said he interpreted Minar's decision to withdraw as an "offer to deal with the matter in a professional way," not an admission of guilt.

We'll see how this one unravels. Until then it's still unclear, if Minar will participate in the Davis Cup semifinal tie.


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