Russian teenager banned from tennis for nine months following anti-doping breach
by John King
Published September 15, 2016
A Russian tennis player has been banned from competing for nine months after his anti-doping infraction was revealed.
Alexander Bublikov appealed against the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which upheld the case taken by Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADO), which said it had grounds to ban Bublikov for life.
A decision to dismiss the case was appealed, meaning it will be re-heard by CAS on Thursday.
Bublikov was found to have administered the erythropoietic agents “anabolic steroids”, an extremely powerful class of performance enhancing drugs linked to positive test results for the substance.
The teenager – a former winner of a prestigious tennis competition in Germany – admitted to having taken the substance as a teenager, but argued his use was for therapeutic purposes.
Bublikov’s ban will see him eligible to compete for only three of the 12 years the ban lasts, including two in which he was eligible to play.
“Bublikov has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation and an associated anti-doping rule violation relating to a prohibited substance,” said the RUSADO in a statement.
“Bublikov has acknowledged that he was taking erythropoietic agents and he has submitted an explanation.
“He has also agreed to pay a fine in the amount of RUB5m and has agreed to take part in rehabilitation programmes.
“He has been banned from competing for nine months. He is subject to a lifetime ban as part of a three-year exclusion from competition from competitions with a maximum length of exclusion of 10 years.”
Bublikov will be eligible to compete in seven of the 12 years the ban lasts, including when he became eligible to compete again when he reached the age of 30, in line with a lifetime ban.
“It is with a heavy