The Wimbledon and US Open doubles champion Colombian tennis player said Monday that the ITF’s decision to lift his doping sanction ends a nightmare and will allow him to immediately return to the courts in order to win the gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) lifted the doping penalty imposed on Farah in January, after the athlete’s explanations regarding how he ingested Boldenone, a veterinary substance widely used in bodybuilding and other sports, were accepted. to increase performance, although it is prohibited because it is considered a doping agent. “It was a nightmare from that first email I received. When you know that you have not done anything wrong and that it takes you by surprise, at first you feel a lot of helplessness (…). It is not easy at all to face that and only the people with whom you surround yourself, the constant support, help you, “Farah told reporters.
At the time of the sanction, the 33-year-old tennis player – number one in the world in doubles – said that the ITF informed him that he had tested positive for Boldenona, an anabolic steroid that he said was in his body for eating Colombian meat. “Mr. Farah’s explanation of how Boldenone entered his system was accepted and it was determined that he is not at fault or negligent for the violation of Article 10.4 of the anti-doping program,” the ITF said in a statement.
“When it is determined that there are no failures or negligence, Article 10.4 of the Program establishes that any applicable period of ineligibility will be completely eliminated. Therefore, the provisional suspension of the player (imposed on January 21, 2020) is lifted with immediate effect, “he added. Last year Farah won the men’s doubles title at Wimbledon and the United States Open with compatriot Juan Sebastián Cabal. “This decision is subject to appeal by AMA and NADO Colombia (COLDEPORTES) before the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” said the ITF.
Farah explained that she ingested Boldenone when consuming beef in Colombia the night before the test at her mother’s house in Cali and that it contained residues of the substance injected into the cow to stimulate its growth before slaughter. In an affidavit, Farah’s mother claimed that she had purchased a kilogram of ‘sirloin’ from a local supermarket before cooking it and eating it with her son, her fiancee and a family friend. Meanwhile, a Colombian government official responsible for agriculture confirmed that Boldenone is allowed in cattle in the country.
The ITF confirmed that Farah was subjected to anti-doping tests 10 times between March and October 2019, all with negative results. «For me, going back to a court and being able to compete is already a blessing, something that motivates me to give my best. Obviously I know that the Olympics are coming, Sebas (Sebastián Cabal) and I put a great goal in those Olympics and hopefully we can really give our best and be able to get a great victory for Colombia, “concluded Farah.
Farah and Cabal in dialogue in Washington DC at the City Open 2019 with Farid Deantonio from www.fdradio.net