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I couldn't bear to look it up, Bev.  As much as I don't get on board with him, couldn't bear to witness his embarrassment. 

Short and sweet. No questions. no
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Short and sweet. No questions. no
Not much to say. I suppose...
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Not much to say. I suppose...

Nope. Said he'd let a lot of people down. Didn't include himself in that. Think

Not sure when the result of his actions will be ruled on.
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Dan's defence - that he took cocaine out of competition and then put the left overs in a pocket in his wash bag which also contained some legal medication, and that the legal medication then got 'contaminated' - seems to have convinced the ITF panel to only give him a 1 year ban. He'll be able to return in late April 2018.
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Dan's defence - that he took cocaine out of competition and then put the left overs in a pocket in his wash bag which also contained some legal medication. The legal medication then got 'contaminated'.
Hmm. Sounds lame even if it's true.
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Hmm. Sounds lame even if it's true.

Indeed. 'Contamination' seems to be the defence du jour in ITF hearings.
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Dan's defence - that he took cocaine out of competition and then put the left overs in a pocket in his wash bag which also contained some legal medication, and that the legal medication then got 'contaminated' - seems to have convinced the ITF panel to only give him a 1 year ban. He'll be able to return in late April 2018.
Sadly, I think I can smell shite.  Rolling Eyes  He should have just manned up and said sorry and learned from it.  Excuses only make it worse...
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Indeed. 'Contamination' seems to be the defence du jour in ITF hearings.
Like the recent case of Sara Errani who blamed her ingestion of a prohibited substance - letrozole, which can increase body mass - on the fact that her mother's letrozole pills, which she was taking for breast cancer, had contaminated the food she was cooking because they had been in the same kitchen cupboard, which is quite amazing because said pills were in a packet, and the food probably wrapped up or in a container.  She got away with a two month ban, which has just ended, because the tribunal decided that (a) letrozole was more likely to be more helpful to male body builders, and (b) that the amount was too small to have been of significant use anyway.

All I can say about Dan is that he's the one who'll have to live with his conscience if in fact he has been less than economical with the truth.
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“I am determined to return to the sport I love and compete at the level I know I can in the not too distant future.  Following the announcement made by the ITF today, I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this difficult period.”

http://www.cityam.com/273204/british-no4-dan-evans-vows-resurrect-career-after-being

Somehow I doubt he'll be given the same preferential treatment afforded to the equally disgraced Sharapova on her return, so he's going to have a hard fight back.  It'll be interesting too to see if he's ever included in the DC team again.
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“I am determined to return to the sport I love and compete at the level I know I can in the not too distant future.  Following the announcement made by the ITF today, I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this difficult period.”

http://www.cityam.com/273204/british-no4-dan-evans-vows-resurrect-career-after-being

Somehow I doubt he'll be given the same preferential treatment afforded to the equally disgraced Sharapova on her return, so he's going to have a hard fight back.  It'll be interesting too to see if he's ever included in the DC team again.
I don't think their cases are completely comparable. Sharapova was purposely trying to enhance her capabilities. Dan was pretty much doing the reverse.
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I'll still be surprised if he's offered wild cards the way Sharapova was simply because she was a name which could pull in the fans and, as a result, the money, although I realise that that is up to the discretion of the tournament organisers.

I'm not trying to be hard on Dan btw because I do believe he's learnt a lesson he'll never forgot.
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All I can say about Dan is that he's the one who'll have to live with his conscience if in fact he has been less than economical with the truth.


I didn't know what to say when I heard about it yesterday, but you've said it for me and just the right thing to say too - thanks Aileen.
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Thank you.
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I am going to be pragmatic about it and assume, from what we we all know about Dan, that it he used it for recreation purposes not performance enhancement, ( not that I approve mind) but by all account it was a very small reading so his story does make sense.
And as said above, if there is more to it than that it will weigh on him heavily, let's see what he does on his return.
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