The International Tennis Federation announced the disqualification of Russian tennis player Teimuraz Gabashvili. The 36-year-old will not be able to enter the court for 20 months.
Doping in the tennis player's blood was discovered back in mid-July during the Challenger series tournament in Almaty. We are talking about furosemide – a substance included in the list of prohibited WADA. Gabashvili himself admitted his guilt.
The period of ineligibility is counted from the date of the decision – November 18, 2021. It will end on July 17, 2023.
President of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishchev called the incident a mistake and an accident:
Furosemide is Teimuraz's mistake. The story of six months ago is an accident. Teimuraz agreed with the decision, he just turned to us very late. This was not done by Teimuraz on purpose. It is a diuretic. I did not know that I could suffer from a diuretic. There is nothing behind this story, just a mistake.
Tarpishchev also stressed that for Gabashvili, disqualification, in fact, means the end of his sports career:
He has actually already retired. I was already on the decline, and here it is also 20 months,
– said the head of the Tennis Federation in an interview with the “Championship” correspondent.
Teimuraz Gabashvili's professional career began in 2001. It is ranked 270th in the world ranking of the Association of Professional Tennis Players, while the best result was 43rd in 2016.