A 14-year-old Russian tennis player has been banned from the sport for nine months after an anti-doping violation, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) said in a statement on Friday.
The ITIA said the player, who will not be named because of his age, had tested positive for Meldonium, a metabolic modulator, at a tournament in January.
The statement said the player had admitted to violating the rules of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program (TADP).
“Due to the player’s age, level and lack of access to anti-doping education, the sanction has been set at nine months, backdated to the date of the player’s provisional suspension (March 5, 2022 )”, says the statement.
“This means the player is ineligible to compete in or attend any tennis event sanctioned, organized or sanctioned by the sport’s governing bodies until December 4, 2022.”
Individual education sessions will be provided to the player, the statement continued.
Russian athletes cannot compete with their country’s name, flag and national anthem at major international sporting events until December 16, 2022 after the country was banned for doping violations.
Initially banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for four years, the punishment was halved on appeal in 2020 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Russia is ineligible to compete at this year’s FIFA Men’s World Cup, which takes place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.