British sprinter Nigel Levine provisionally suspended over failed drugs test

British sprinter Nigel Levine failed the test while recovering from career-threatening injuries suffered in a motorbike accident last January. (AFP)
Updated 07 February 2018
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British sprinter Nigel Levine provisionally suspended over failed drugs test

LONDON: British sprinter Nigel Levine has been provisionally suspended after failing a drugs test, UK Athletics announced on Wednesday.
It was reported in December that the 28-year-old had allegedly tested positive for the banned asthma drug clenbuterol.
The European 4x400 meters gold medalist, who was born in born in Trinidad and Tobago, failed the test while recovering from career-threatening injuries suffered in a motorbike accident last January.
“UK Athletics has today announced that athlete Nigel Levine has been provisionally suspended from participating in athletics after being charged with having committed an anti-doping rule violation contrary to IAAF anti-doping rule article 2.1 (presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample),” said a statement from UK Athletics.
“The provisional suspension was issued by UK Anti-Doping and is in accordance with IAAF anti-doping rules.
“The individual now has the opportunity to respond to the charge against him including the right to a full hearing of the case.”
Clenbuterol is a performance-enhancing substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.


Jabeur becomes first Tunisian woman to make WTA final

Updated 19 October 2018
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Jabeur becomes first Tunisian woman to make WTA final

  • Jabeur, ranked 101st in the world and who came through qualifying, prevailed over Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
  • In Saturday’s final, Jabeur will face sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia, last year’s runner-up, who put out Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.

MOSCOW: Ons Jabeur made history on Friday when she became the first Tunisian woman to reach a WTA final by seeing off Latvian fifth seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Jabeur, ranked 101st in the world and who came through qualifying, prevailed in one hour 37 minutes.
“This is really amazing and I’m really happy. I gave it all today, and it wasn’t easy because she plays really good,” said 24-year-old Jabeur, who unleashed 45 winners on her way to victory.
“Maybe I was too relaxed in the second set. At the end, I stayed calm. It was a little bit frustrating because I missed some easy balls, but I said I was just going to play my game, and if it goes, it goes.”
In Saturday’s final, Jabeur will face sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia, last year’s runner-up, who put out Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.
“They’re both playing good, so I hope they fight for four hours,” Jabeur had said. “The best win is that there is a Tunisian in the final.”
Jabeur lost her only career meeting against Kasatkina at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
“She (Jabeur) plays interesting tennis with plenty of drop shots, often advances to the net,” Kasatkina said.
“Everything is possible in tomorrow’s final and I will just come onto the court and try to play my best.”
In the ATP event, France’s Adrian Mannarino ended Egor Gerasimov’s run beating the Belarus qualifier 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 to set up a semifinal with Italy’s Andreas Seppi, who ousted fourth seeded Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).
Second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia beat last year’s runner-up Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 will face third-seeded compatriot Karen Khachanov, who saw off Mirza Basic of Bosnia 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).