World No.16 Yanina Wickmayer is starting an appeal with European authorities, challenging the whereabouts rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Belgian’s victory could force WADA to change the rules regarding when and where athletes can be tested out of competition.
Wickmayer received a one-year ban – the 20-year-old never skipped a test or tested positive but she failed to report her whereabouts on three occasions and her career is severely impacted now.
“The indispensable fight against doping is not the issue here. The problem is the lack of proportionality of certain measures,” said Wickmayer’s lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont.
Wickmayer is already appealing her suspension before the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.
I am really hoping she wins this appeal.
Yeah, I’m with you. The authorities are being too harsh in this case.