Thursday, May 24, 2007
Canas' doping ban, already served, upheld on appeal
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The ruling against Argentine tennis
player Guillermo Canas, who served a 15-month ban for doping, was
upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Swiss supreme court ordered the CAS to review its ban
following his appeal.
The ATP Tour suspended Canas for two years after he tested
positive for a diuretic on Feb. 21, 2005, at a tournament in
Mexico. The CAS said Wednesday it reached the same conclusion as
its initial ruling and decided to maintain the suspension, which
was shortened to 15 months and ran from June 2005 to September
CAS general secretary Matthieu Reeb said the latest ruling
simply upholds the original decision and has no bearing on Canas'
current eligibility. He won a tournament in Brazil in February and
twice defeated top-ranked Roger Federer this year.
Last May, CAS ruled he was not entirely at fault and reduced his
two-year sentence by nine months. CAS ruled none of the results
before his doping suspension should be annulled, including his six
ATP tour titles.
Canas, once ranked No. 8, has denied ever knowingly ingesting a
banned substance. He dropped out of the top 500 during his
suspension and is currently ranked 22nd.