Elisabeta Lipă: Halep trusted the team and was deceived

The President of the National Agency for Sports, Elisabeta Lipă, stated, on Thursday, at the COSR headquarters, that the tennis player Simona Halep, whose suspension for doping was reduced by TAS from 4 years to 9 months, left herself in the hands of the team led by coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who cheated on her.

Elisabeta Lipa

“I was sure from the beginning that Simona Halep is innocent, because an athlete of Simona's stature, fighting with the best players in world tennis, cannot replace a protein of several hundred euros with a protein of one dollar jar. So clearly that's where the break was. An athlete does what he knows best, and it's the team that stands behind him and knows what the athlete needs to perform. She put her full trust in the hands of this team and the team deceived her”, said Elisabeta Lipă.

She stated that she would like Halep to be able to qualify for the Olympic Games in Paris, as the athlete has recently demonstrated that she is a strong character.

“I would like Simona Halep to reach Paris. For a year and a half, Simona has shown a strong character, because it is not easy to go through what she went through. I wish her with all my heart to get there, because he has two editions that he wanted to reach and didn't succeed. I hope that from the third attempt he will reach the Olympic Games, because an athlete, no matter how good and talented he is, if he doesn't reach at least once at the Olympic Games to represent the country, I'm not talking about the one who climbs the Olympic podium, it's not fulfilled. It's a satisfaction that is very difficult to describe in words. An athlete doesn't feel good if he doesn't get to participate in the ultimate competition.” Lipa added.

The tennis player Simona Halep said, on Thursday morning, upon returning from Dubai where she is training, that the level in the WTA circuit is now quite high and that it will be a great challenge for her to get closer to the top 10 places in the world ranking . She also stated that she will do everything to participate in the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. Halep participated in the 2012 London Olympics, but lost in the first round.

The President of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee, Mihai Covaliu, declared, on Wednesday, for AGERPRES, that it would be a dream come true for tennis player Simona Halep to participate in the Olympic Games in Paris and win a medal.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne admitted the appeal filed by Romanian tennis player Simona Halep and on Tuesday reduced her four-year suspension imposed by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) to nine months.

“The CAS appeal procedure included intensive trials and a three-day hearing that took place between February 7 and 9 in Lausanne. The TAS Commission interviewed numerous experts and witnesses, most of whom were physically present at the hearing. The panel unanimously determined that the four-year period of ineligibility imposed by the ITF's independent tribunal be reduced to nine months, starting on 7 October 2022, which expired on 6 July 2023. As the period expired before the appeal was lodged at TAS, the full TAS decided that it is appropriate to issue the ruling as soon as possible, together with a comprehensive press release'', the TAS press release states.

Simona Halep had been suspended for a period of four years for doping, on September 12, 2023, by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA). The ITIA said at the time that an independent tribunal had suspended the former world leader for two separate violations of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program (TADP).

Simona Halep sued the Canadian company that produced the nutritional supplements because of which she believes she tested positive and was suspended for four years for doping.

Halep is seeking more than $10 million in damages from Quantum Nutrition, which makes Schinoussa Superfoods, after testing positive for roxadustat at the 2022 US Open.