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Friday, January 4, 2008

Martina Hingis banned from tennis


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On Friday, after an independent tribunal,the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has confirmed that former world number one Martina Hingis 27-year-old Swiss has been banned for next two years for testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon last year.

She would also forfeit the ranking points resulting from last year's Wimbledon championships and $US129,481 ($A147,430) in prize money.

"The tribunal also rejected Ms Hingis' plea of No (or No Significant) Fault or Negligence, on the basis that no mitigation was possible as it had not been shown how the cocaine entered her system," it said.

Larry Scott, chief executive of the Women's Tennis Association, said in a statement: "We are saddened by this news as Martina has meant so much to fans the world over and made many positive contributions to the sport".

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