Even though she’s currently provisionally suspended after failing a doping test, Dayana Yastremska was on board today’s charter flight to Australia.
Even though her provisional suspension is still in effect, Yastremska was spotted on Svetlana Kuznetsova’s Instagram story, as the Russian posted several short clips from the WTA’s flight to Australia. Kuznetsova has since deleted that story, but a tennis fan saved it on Twitter. We can see that Yastremska is in good mood, dancing.
Dayana Yastremska 🇺🇦 (🎥 IG: Svetlana Kuznetsova 🇷🇺) pic.twitter.com/ZES1foI20k
— Tennis Babe Fan (@Tennisbabefan) January 14, 2021
People are wondering how it is possible that Yastremska is going to Australia. According to a number of sources on Twitter, the ITF stated that if she applies for her provisional suspension to be lifted and the application is successful, the Ukrainian would be eligible to play right away. However, it is highly unlikely that her innocence has already been proven.
ITF answered me similar to @tumcarayol – Yastremska “still has the right to apply to have her provisional susp lifted. In the event that she does so and that application is successful, then she would be eligible to play with immediate effect.”
So far: 8.3.4 of Anti-Doping Prog👇 pic.twitter.com/ywIqA9kNFf
— Jannik Schneider (@schnejan) January 14, 2021
The world No.29 Yastremska tested positive for a prohibited substance called mesterolone metabolite on 24 November 2020, on 22 December she was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation and provisionally suspended on 7 January 2021. The Ukrainian insists that she’s absolutely innocent and that it must have been an accidental contamination event.
I have to say I am poretty shocked she is heading to Aus and I was very disappointed with the video Sveta posted from the plane with multiple players not wearing masks.
I wonder if she is appealing or has been cleared?
@Andy “The ITF said on Friday that Yastremska still has the right to have her provisional suspension lifted, and that if it was, she would be able to compete at Melbourne Park. The only way that could occur is if Yastremska began her 14-day quarantine this week.” https://www.inquirer.com/wires/ap/australian-open-arrivals-hit-by-2-covid-positive-tests-20210116.html
She must be pretty confident then that she is going to be cleared or has been given pretty good advise in that regard
Andy, it will be interesting to see how this will unfold. On top of this, she is among players who have to be in isolation because a person on their flight got a positive COVID-19 test.