Rusedski cleared of doping offence

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> British tennis player Greg Rusedski was cleared on Wednesday of a doping offence.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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British tennis player Greg Rusedski was cleared on Wednesday of a doping offence. The 30-year-old was exonerated by a three-man panel appointed by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) in Montreal, Canada, despite testing positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in July last year. Rusedski argued the banned substance may have come from supplements supplied by ATP trainers - seven tour players have been cleared of similar offences after taking these supplements. A three-man ATP panel in Montreal, Canada, unanimously found the British player not guilty of a doping offence despite his positive test for the banned steroid nandrolone in Indianapolis in July last year. After a closed-door hearing, the panel is reported to have upheld Rusedski's assertion that the positive test likely resulted from contaminated supplements supplied by ATP trainers. Rusedski, a US Open finalist in 1997 and former world number four, was born in Montreal, but chose to represent Britain in 1995. The 30-year-old faced a likely two-year ban if found guilty, possibly signalling the end of his career. In a statement released later on Wednesday, Rusedski said: "This is an enormous relief to me. To be allowed to carry on playing competitive tennis and to clear my name has been my priority throughout and now I am looking forward to resuming my career." (AP)

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