Farah will be able to defend his doubles champion title in Barcelona after cleared with doping charge
The Colombian tennis player Robert Farah, current champion of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in doubles, along with Juan Sebastián Cabal, has been declared innocent by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) of the positive for Boldenone registered in a doping control. The ITF statement mentions that the popular Colombian player "bears no fault or negligence for the violation".
Farah and Cabal had an exceptional campaign last season in which, among other triumphs, they won the tournament at the Real Club Tenis Barcelona-1899. Both occupy since 2019 the first place in the doubles world ranking. “I would like to thank my family, my friend and colleague Sebas, my work team, sponsors and all my friends and fans for the support I have received in recent weeks, where they blamed me for something I did not do and where I finally could prove my innocence, "said the tennis player, who can join the circuit immediately.
After a prodigious year with five titles, among which those of Wimbledon and the US Open, the Colombians make up the best pair of current tennis and are one of the greatest assets of Colombian sport heading into the Tokyo Olympics.
Farah passed a first test in Shanghai at the beginning of October 2019 that was negative. Two weeks later, in a new analysis in Cali the result was different. The tennis player then declared that the boldenone found in his body could be due to the fact that this substance is frequently found in meat that is consumed regularly in Colombia and that some other athletes in his country have gone through this same process.
The champions of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell will have now green light to participate in this year's tournament and defend their title.