Troicki Refuses To Give Blood Sample, Gets Suspended For 18 Months
by Staff | July 25th, 2013, 5:22 pm
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During the Monte Carlo event on April 15, Viktor Troicki had a big decision to make: give a blood sample or not give a blood sample and face possible suspension. The Serb chose the latter. Whether Troicki is a drug cheat or not remains a question as he did not test positive, but there is no question he’s a dope.

After providing a urine sample Troicki refused to submit a blood sample on account of not feeling well. Well, he won’t be feeling any better today as the ITF has slapped Troicki with an 18-month ban preventing the 27-year-old from returning to competition until January 24, 2015.

“Mr Troicki provided a urine sample, but did not provide a blood sample,” the ITF said in a statement. “He asserted to an independent tribunal that he was assured by the Doping Control Officer (DCO) that it would be acceptable not to provide a sample on account of him feeling unwell that day. However, the tribunal concluded that the DCO told Mr Troicki that she could not advise him as to whether his reason for not providing a blood sample was valid, and that no such assurances were given by her. Accordingly, the tribunal determined that Mr Troicki’s actions constituted a failure and a refusal to provide a blood sample, and that his explanation for not doing so did not constitute compelling justification under Article 2.3.”

Under the rule Troicki could have faced a 2-year ban for failing to adhere to the tests, but the tribunal reduced the term to 18 months.

“However, the tribunal accepted that the stress that Mr Troicki was under at the time entitled him to mitigation under Article 10.5.2.”

In an interview the AP, Troicki responded saying, “I am innocent .. I have never ever taken any prohibited substance or ever thought of doing so. I did not lie and this really hurts.”

He called the suspension “toughest moment of my career and of my life”.

“The doctor in charge of the testing told me that I looked very pale and ill, and that I could skip the test if I wrote an explanation letter to ITF about it,” Troicki said in a statement to USA Today. “She dictated the letter to me and let me go without giving blood. She was very helpful and understanding.

“Now I am being charged for refusing to undergo a blood test without justification. This is a real nightmare.

“I had a blood test from the same doping control officer the next morning. … Both negative, totally clean.”

Ranked has high as No. 12 in 2011, Troicki is currently No. 53 in the world and had reached the third round at Wimbledon just last month. Earlier today before the news broke Troicki lost in the second round at Umag to Tommy Robredo.

Upon his return in January 2015, Troicki will not have a ranking.

The ITF did not reveal if the urine sample had tested positive or not. Troicki remains adamant that the on-site doping doctor was in error. He will appeal later.

Troicki becomes the biggest drug bust of the season among four other players including Filippo Calorosi, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Dimitar Kutrovsky and recently Fernando Romboli.


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21 Comments for Troicki Refuses To Give Blood Sample, Gets Suspended For 18 Months

The Great Davy Says:

What a cheat.


The Great Davy Says:

A bald face cheat!


Brando Says:

@John:

Do you have ANY evidence based on fact to support your running your mouth off and talking a load of nonsense for nothing other than hate for a particular player.

PS: If you cannot back a accusation you make against someone with solid reason or fact then keep your trap shut!

Free tip!


Anna Says:

Dear John,

Tired of the lies. Shut the F-up. Take your propaganda to one of the conspiracy sights who believe in “silent bans” in tennis.

Yours truly,

Tennis fans with a minimum of half-a-brain


ted echols Says:

who does Serbia play next in Davis Cup? Canada?
I smell a rat.


Wog boy Says:

Very fishy if you read this part …

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“The doctor in charge of the testing told me that I looked very pale and ill, and that I could skip the test if I wrote an explanation letter to ITF about it,” Troicki said in a statement to USA Today. “She dictated the letter to me and let me go without giving blood. She was very helpful and understanding.

“Now I am being charged for refusing to undergo a blood test without justification. This is a real nightmare.

“I had a blood test from the same doping control officer the next morning. … Both negative, totally clean.”
——–

I don’t know how much difference one day makes when it comes to blood testing, to my knowledge not much if any at all and he gave urine day before. I would give him benefit of the doubt, particulary knowing that Viktor is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.


Fedster Says:

^^
“I would give him benefit of the doubt, particulary knowing that Viktor is” a serbian ??

LOL

Cheats are cheats. He was caught and now punished. Proven cheat.


The Great Davy Says:

Who is John??? lol if you talking to Your Great Davy I think you have wrong guy.


John Says:

Oh real nice language there Anna!

So you’re saying you a half brained tennis fan, that’s fine with me!

See my post got deleted, well of course you can drop F-Bombs now, but to insult Nadal! your post will get deleted. So much for freedom of speech(chuckles), nice to see some classy individuals show some color.

Where do you come from Brando?

I can say whatever the hell I like, its people like you who should keep your traps shut if you cant read a post (accusing Nadal) without having a hissy fit.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Oh dear I dont know what to make of this,its indeed rather unfortunate to say the very least,Viktor what were you thinking?


madmax Says:

God! Who is John? Secondly, why is it that nadal gets broughtinto a post about Vic?

There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for v to refuse a blood test. These athletes know what they are faced with in a matter of hours before they are due to be tested.

May be he was having ‘a smoke’, to relax, perhaps?

Anyway, who knows and who cares? That’s his career and endorsements done for now.

Was it really worth it victor? No better than the jamaican cheats in running, Assafa powell USA cheats, Tyson Gaye, and god forbid Usain Bolt’s samples ever come back positive. That would be the biggest travesty on this planet.

A stupid move by victor I have to say.


madmax Says:

Why is it that nadal gets brought into a post about Vic?

There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for v to refuse a blood test. These athletes know what they are faced with in a matter of hours before they are due to be tested.

May be he was having ‘a smoke’, to relax, perhaps?

Anyway, who knows and who cares? That’s his career and endorsements done for now.

Was it really worth it victor? No better than the jamaican cheats in running, Assafa powell USA cheats, Tyson Gaye, and god forbid Usain Bolt’s samples ever come back positive. That would be the biggest travesty on this planet.

A stupid move by victor I have to say.


Ben Pronin Says:

How is Troicki a proven cheat? This doesn’t prove anything about Troicki except that he’s not that smart.

Once again we’re shown the hipocracy and idiocy of the anti-doping system in tennis. No consistency whatsover. No one knows what the rules are. But hey, you need a scapegoat. And since Troicki is a known name but so low in the rankings, it’s the perfect mirage! It looks like they’re actually doing something when we all know they don’t do anything.

Madmax, c’mon. Whether Bolt’s tests come back positive or not, we know the reality.


hawkeye Says:

What was the highest ranked tennis player to ever be suspended?

#Rhetorical
#DoubleStandard


RZ Says:

I don’t understand Troicki’s logic in refusing to submit a blood sample because he didn’t feel well. Don’t the testers only take a small vial (couple of ounces)? If it was a large amount I would agree, but I can’t imagine a couple of ounces would have affected him.


ITF Releases More Details In Victor Troicki “He Said, She Said” Doping Case Says:

[...] day after handing Viktor Troicki an 18-month suspension for refusing to submit a blood sample in Monte Carlo this year, the ITF this released the full hearing of the case, further backing up [...]


Ben Pronin Says:

RZ, I don’t know how big the sample is. But not giving up a blood sample because you’re not feeling well isn’t an outlandish concept. You would only end up feeling worse, so I get the logic.


Kimberly Says:

Unfortunately I think Victor is dumb not guilty


RZ Says:

Ben, fair enough, but at that point he was out of the tournament. Would it have been such a big deal to feel a little worse than he was already? (Again, just trying to figure out his logic)


hawkeye Says:

Read the ITF full account decision. Troicki has a well known blood phobia and ITF says that stress related to this phobia combined with his illness at the time led him to selectively hear what was said to him by the attending doctor but that this did not excuse him.

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