Lepchenko acquitted of doping in the meldonium-case


Lepchenko acquitted of doping in the meldonium-case

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American Varvara Lepchenko is by tennis federation ITF acquitted of doping. The Frenchman is a Constant Lestienne is for seven months suspended for gambling.

Lepchenko (30) avoid a penalty of the ITF. The number 79 of the world tested positive on the use of meldonium.

“The ITF accepts that Lepchenko is no fault or negligence can be with her offence”, says the tennis federation in a statement.

The American of Uzbek origin was since march for a short time suspended, after she put on a tournament in the Australian Brisbane positive tested. Since may, she was awaiting her appeal to become active again.

Meldonium is since January on the list. Maria Sharapova is the most famous athlete that has been suspended due to use of the drug. The appeal against her suspension must begin in October.


Lestienne is by directly for seven months suspended. In addition, the 24-year-old Frenchman, a fine of 10,000 Us dollars (nearly 9000 euro) pay.

Lestienne gets the punishment because he is in between February 2012 and June 2015 online has gambled at 220 tennis matches, so made the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) of the international tennis federation ITF Wednesday known.

From the research came further forward, that Lestienne not a single time has gambled on a game of itself.

The current number 164 of the world did two weeks ago at the challenger in Alphen aan den Rijn. In the quarter finals had Lestienne when his several recognise in the Dutchman Robin Haase.


Matchfixing since the beginning of this year, when it came out that many toptennissers suspected to be high on the agenda in the tennis world.

In the first three months of 2016 were 48 matches as a suspicious regarded by the Tennis Integrity Unit. In 2015 were that in the first three months of the year have 31 parties.

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