After the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the appeal, Ukrainian tennis star Dayana Yastremska said she couldn’t express her disappointment over not taking part in the Australian Open 2021.
On November 2020, a urine sample provided by Dayana Yastremska contained a metabolite of mesterolone, a banned substance on the WADA Prohibited List.
Afterwards, the 20-years-old from Odesa was suspended by ITF(International Tennis Federation) on 7th January 2021.
Later on 16 January 2021, Yastremska applied to lift the provisional suspension. Still, the ITF Independent Tribunal Chair rejected the application and maintained the temporary suspension, a decision that CAS now confirms.
“I sadly acknowledge the decision of the CAS to dismiss the expedited appeal to lift my provisional suspension,” Yestremska wrote her Twitter account.
Ukrainian added, “I would like to underline that the decisions taken by the ITF Independent Tribunal and the CAS are only related to the provisional suspension. Now comes the time to defend me about the matter of the dispute. My team and I are confident in our ability to prove my innocence as the ITF Independent Tribunal will hear from me, witnesses and experts.”
“I Intend To Return All The Expenses Engaged By Tennis Australia On My Behalf”: Dayana Yastremska
Ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year, Yastremska arrived in Melbourne and isolated herself in Tennis Australia facilities.
Dayana continued, “I know my presence in Australia has raised concerns. The urgent procedure with the ITF Independent Tribunal and the CAS could have lifted my provisional suspension, which would have enabled me to compete at the Australian Open. That’s the reason why I was allowed to travel there.”
“I can’t express my disappointment about not taking part in the first slam of the year. I am thankful to the authorities for the conditions that have been set for the players in such challenging times. Thus, I intend to return all the expenses engaged by Tennis Australia on my behalf,” She confessed.
In conclusion, Dayana Yastremska went on to say, “I remain determined to demonstrate my innocence and clear my name. I wish to thank all my fans for their support.”