Last updated on: 8/8/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Mar. 28, 2009 – Aug. 6, 2009 – French Tennis Player Blames Positive Cocaine Test on a Girl He Kissed at a Night Club

On Mar. 28, 2009, French tennis player Richard Gasquet submits a urine sample after withdrawing with an injury from a tournament in Miami, Florida. When both his A and B samples test positive for cocaine on May 11, 2009, Gasquet is charged with a doping offense and banned from competition.

An independent Anti-Doping Tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) holds a hearing on June 29-30, 2009, during which Gasquet asserts his innocence by claiming that the cocaine entered his system when he kissed a girl who had ingested it at a night club.

The tribunal’s ruling states that since the amount of cocaine found in Gasquet’s system was “about the size of a grain of salt,” he is cleared to return to competition. On Aug. 6, 2009, the ITF announces that it is appealing the tribunal’s decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.