Tennis: Alexander Bublik’s ban is over

Russian teenager banned from tennis for nine months following anti-doping breach

Tennis: Ukraine men’s tennis player Alexander Bublik, left, walks down the hall to meet with his coach after his ban from tennis was over, as compatriots Alexander Zverev, centre, and Mikhail Kukushkin, right, look on. (AFP/Getty)

Ukraine men’s tennis player Alexander Bublik, left, walks down the hall to meet with his coach after his ban from tennis was over, as compatriots Alexander Zverev, centre, and Mikhail Kukushkin, right, look on. (AFP/Getty)

Ukraine men’s tennis player Alexander Bublik, left, walks down the hall to meet with his coach after his ban from tennis was over, as compatriots Alexander Zverev, centre, and Mikhail Kukushkin, right, look on. (AFP/Getty)

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25.10.2016, 22:28 Nigel Owens

Alexander Bublik’s ban is only nine months – and that’s not even his entire punishment after he was banned for life for “anti-doping violations” in 2015. The Ukraine men’s tennis player was banned for nine months after testing positive for meldonium, a powerful cardiac stimulant, which is banned for athletes but can be administered on a recreational level. The ban is now over after the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Paris upheld the decision to reduce the ban. Bublik was previously suspended for one year.

I hope this is just the first step towards more long-term positive drug testing policies and that other positive doping cases can be dealt with in a reasonable manner.

This is a disappointing case for Mr Bublik and, hopefully, the system will be changed for the better in the future.

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25.10.2016, 22:41 Nigel Owens

I hope this is just the first step towards more long-term positive drug testing policies and that other positive doping cases can be dealt with in a reasonable manner.

This is a disappointing

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