Simona Halep, the former World No.1, is taking her doping ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with hopes of reducing or overturning it. Coach Patrick Mouratoglou has taken responsibility for the situation, acknowledging that a member of his team recommended the collagen that led to Halep’s positive test.
Mouratoglou, known for coaching Serena Williams and Holger Rune, expressed his support for Halep in an Instagram video. He emphasized that Halep is an innocent victim and highlighted how this incident has made him aware that even individuals who use products labeled as clean can unknowingly be exposed to contamination.
In Mouratoglou’s words, “I feel confident for the future of Simona (Halep) with her appeal to the CAS because it’s an independent tribunal. We’ve been able to establish where the contamination comes from. So we proposed her to take collagen and we brought her collagen from a company. This collagen happened to be contaminated, there was no way to know it.”
Assuming responsibility, he continued, “But I feel responsible for what happened because it’s my team. So me basically who brought her this collagen. We have done all the possible tests to establish that we are talking about a contamination.”
Mouratoglou expressed his confidence that the Court of Arbitration for Sport will recognize that Halep is innocent of doping and that she deserves to return to the court and compete as soon as possible.
This incident has opened Mouratoglou’s eyes to the fact that any athlete can be subjected to contamination, as it is an increasingly common occurrence. He emphasized that even extremely low levels of contaminants can have a significant impact on an athlete’s career, reputation, and unjustly halt their progress. As a result, athletes must be absolutely certain that the supplements they choose are 100% safe.
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