Tennis athlete receives sanction

30 October 2018

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Tennis Australia to impose a two year ban on athlete Omar Jasika for the presence of a prohibited substance.

Mr Jasika was selected for in-competition testing while participating at the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff in Melbourne on 11 December 2017.

His sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of Benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine).

Cocaine is prohibited in-competition under category S6.a Non-Specified Stimulants of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 2017 Prohibited List.

Mr Jasika was deemed to have waived his right to a hearing and accepted the sanction. As a result, he is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 5 March 2020. He is also not permitted to compete in a non-Signatory professional league or Event organised by a non-Signatory event organisation.

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