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Bárbara Gatica Avilés Provisionally Suspended on Doping Charge


Bárbara Gatica Avilés is provisionally suspended for an anti-doping violation.

The 25-year-old Chilean has been provisionally suspended under the 2022 Tennis Anti-Doping Program (TADP). She was notified of the suspension on May 31st and appealed. The appeal was denied by the chair of the independent tribunal (William Norris QC) on June 17th, the International Tennis Integrity Agency announced today.

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The 167th-ranked doubles player submitted a urine sample at a WTA tournament in Bogota, Colombia in April 2022. That sample was split into A and B samples and the subsequent analysis found that the A sample contained Boldenone and its metabolite.

Boldenone is a non-specified prohibited substance listed in the 2022 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Adverse Analytical Findings for non-specified substances carry a mandatory provisional suspension. 


Gatica Avilés exercised the right to request that the B sample is analyzed to see if it confirms the finding in the A sample. While provisionally suspended, she is ineligible to compete in or attend any tennis events authorized, organized or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.

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