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CAS decision to reduce ban for Marin Cilic




CAS decision in the case of Marin Cilic   The International Tennis Federation announced that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (ďCASĒ) has partially upheld the appeal by Marin Cilic against the decision of the independent tribunal dated 23 September 2013. The independent tribunal had determined that Mr Cilic should be suspended from participation for a period of 9 months, commencing from 1 May 2013 (the date on which the sample containing the prohibited substance was collected) and so ending at midnight on 31 January 2014 for the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article C.1 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in playerís sample).

The CAS panel decided that the independent tribunalís decision be set aside, and replaced with a period of ineligibility of four months, with the start back-dated to 26 June 2013, the date on which Mr Cilic accepted a voluntary provisional suspension. He thus will be eligible to participate on 26 October 2013.  

Mr Cilicís results from the BMW Open remain disqualified, including forfeiture of the prize money and ranking points won at that event. Mr Cilicís results subsequent to the BMW Open will not be disqualified and he is permitted to retain the ranking points and prize money that he won at those events.  

The full decision, with reasons, will follow in due course.


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