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Gasquet cleared by CAS

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:57

The 23-year-old Frenchman had tested positive for the drug at the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida in March of this year and he was handed a provisional 12-month ban.

But a CAS press release read: “The CAS panel decided to dismiss the appeals after having found that in this particular case Richard Gasquet had not committed any fault or negligence within the meaning of the ITF Anti-Doping Programme.”

The ITF panel initially overturned the ban in July, accepting Gasquet’s claim that the substance was only in his system due to him kissing a woman who had taken cocaine at a nightclub.

The ITF and WADA chose to appeal that decision with CAS, seeking a two-year ban, with the world number 47 attending a hearing last month.

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