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Cilic to appeal against nine-month doping ban
September 18, 2013
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ZAGREB: Former world number nine Marin Cilic has said he will be appealing a nine-month doping ban imposed on him after he tested positive for the banned stimulant nikethamide.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Monday they had imposed the ban on the 24-year-old despite accepting his explanation that he had ingested the substance in glucose tablets and not intended to enhance his performance.

“I will be appealing that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport very shortly,” Cilic said in statement through his country’s tennis association.

“I wish to emphasize that I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any banned substance in my life and that I am opposed to any use of performance-enhancing substances in sport.”

The suspension has been backdated to May 1 to allow Cilic to return to the ATP circuit on Jan.31 next year.

The ITF said Cilic had tested positive at the BMW Open in Munich in April this year.

Reuters

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