Tara Moore releases statement after getting suspended for breaching anti-doping rules

British tennis player Tara Moore insists she has never in her career knowingly taken a banned substance and added she is looking forward to proving that she is a “clean athlete.” 

This week, the International Tennis Integrity Agency announced Moore tested for positive for nandrolone metabolites and Boldenone.

In April, while competing at a WTA event in Bogota, Moore provided samples that later were found out to contain banned substances. 

“I have never knowingly taken a banned substance in my career. I’m investigating how the positive result could have occured and look forward to proving that I’m a clean athlete. I’m deeply saddened by the provisional suspension and hope to be back on the court as soon as possible,” Moore said in a statement posted on her Twitter.

Moore provisionally suspended

The ITIA announced a provisional suspension for Moore but the top-ranked British tennis player can request that the B sample is analyzed.

Moore will definitely appeal the suspension but she won’t be allowed to compete in the meantime. 

“The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has confirmed that Tara Moore, a 29-year-old British tennis player has been provisionally suspended under Articles 2.1 and 2.2 of the 2022 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP).  The ITIA sent the player a pre-charge notice of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation on 27 May under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample) and Article 2.2 (Use of a Prohibited Substance without a valid TUE),” the ITIA said in a statement. “Ms Moore, who has a WTA doubles ranking of 83, provided a sample whilst competing at a WTA tournament in Bogota, Colombia in April 2022. The sample was split into A and B samples and the subsequent analysis found that the A sample contained Nandrolone metabolites and Boldenone and its metabolite, which are prohibited substances listed in the 2022 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Adverse Analytic Findings for non-specified substances carry a mandatory provisional suspension.”