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01/04/2008 04:56 PM ID: 67474 Permalink   

Martina Hingis Banned for 2 Years for Cocaine Use


Five-time Grand Slam champion and former Wimbledon winner Martina Hingis has been banned from the International Tennis Foundation after she was found guilty of using cocaine during the Wimbledon tournament in 2006.

The federation stated that Hingis would have to repay $130,000 prize money and ranking points won since last year's Wimbledon.

Hingis announced her retirement from the sport when the allegations were first made last year, stating "I have no desire to spend the next seven years fighting doping officials".

Hingis has 3 weeks to appeal the ban.

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  Good Job Tabby  
I was working fast to post this one....but alas, not fast enough!
  by: crosimoto     01/04/2008 05:13 PM     
End of first paragraph should say 2007, not 2006.

I don't think I've got used to it being 2008 yet, so when I read "last year" I instantly thought 2006!

Can someone with god-like news powers change this for me please?
  by: TabbyCool     01/04/2008 05:33 PM     
  I still think it's weird  
that athletes get banned from playing sports, or lose medals for using non-performance enhancement drugs like coke or weed. I could be wrong, but it seems like beating another pro tennis player after doing a line or two would be more difficult.

There should be a separate award for someone who can be high and still win like in the "All Drug Olympics!"
  by: barryman9001   01/04/2008 07:09 PM     
  It's too bad that  
the anti-coke 'vaccine' wasnt invented before her troubles began. and
once I was coked up playing mini-golf and I was sure that I could have beaten Tiger Woods in a hearbeat.
  by: John E Angel     01/04/2008 09:38 PM     
obviously u never did cocaine..

u fell powerful, confident, and have a greater motivation those parameters are very important in sport
  by: ProTesTa     01/06/2008 05:20 AM     
sounds like you've never done it. there is no way in hell that you could complete one set of tennis, let alone a match, before crashing.
  by: reverend j roach     01/06/2008 05:24 AM     
  Doesn't cocaine have unpleasant side effects  
on the heart? If true, that might not be a good thing for someone competing in a strenuous event. I mean, a bit more stressful than sitting and playing chess.

  by: White Albino   01/06/2008 02:24 PM     
You don't have to sniff a whole line of coke to get a high. She was a professional sportswoman, and in that light I'm sure she took a controlled amount that she thought would help lift her game. It's not to say that what she did was right (these substances get banned for a reason), but I'm certain she didn't just get "caught in the thrill".
  by: gimboid   01/06/2008 03:53 PM     
I think it was recreational use unrelated to the game. The only way I can think it might be effective as a performance enhancer is if she had a means of continually taking small amounts during gameplay, such as mixing in a sports drink.
  by: reverend j roach     01/06/2008 05:55 PM     
  Have you looked at her lately!?  
I'd snort that stuff too if I was a has been athelete.
  by: Zmethod     01/07/2008 04:51 AM     
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