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Former World No.1 Simona Halep Sues Nutritional Supplement Company Over Doping Ban

New York, February 15, 2024, The Europe Today: Former world number one tennis player, Simona Halep, is pursuing legal action against Canadian nutritional supplement company Quantum Nutrition, seeking more than $10 million in damages. Halep attributes her four-year ban for doping, potentially jeopardizing her career, to a contaminated supplement produced by Quantum Nutrition.

The Romanian tennis star tested positive for Roxadustat, a banned substance listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, during the 2022 U.S. Open. Roxadustat is known to enhance haemoglobin and red blood cell production, contributing to increased endurance. Halep alleges that the supplement, specifically the Keto MCT she used during the 2022 Flushing Meadows tournament, was contaminated with Roxadustat, a detail not disclosed on the product label.

Simona Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion, insists that she has never knowingly used banned substances and holds Quantum Nutrition responsible for negligence. She claims that the company’s false assertions regarding the supplement’s legality have not only damaged her career but also caused significant humiliation. In addition to seeking compensatory damages, Halep is pursuing punitive damages against Quantum Nutrition.

The lawsuit, filed in a New York state court in Manhattan, comes as part of Halep’s appeal against the four-year suspension imposed by the International Tennis Integrity Agency tribunal in September 2023. While the tribunal acknowledged that Halep might not have been aware of the potential contamination in the supplement, they questioned whether it could explain the significant presence of Roxadustat in her urine sample from August 29, 2022.

Simona Halep is actively appealing the tribunal’s decision and recently presented her case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. Expressing confidence in the truth coming to light, Halep remains optimistic about her future in tennis.

Halep’s legal action against Quantum Nutrition underscores the complexities and challenges athletes face regarding supplement consumption and accountability in the context of anti-doping regulations. The case, titled “Halep v Quantum Nutrition Inc et al,” is currently in the New York State Supreme Court, New York County. Quantum Nutrition, based in Scarborough, Ontario, has not yet responded to requests for comments on the matter.