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Zimbabwe Tennis Ace Bhunu Suspended for Doping Violation

VALERIA Bhunu, Zimbabwe’s highest-ranked female tennis player, has been slapped with a lengthy ban by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after a banned substance, Mesterolone was found in an out-of-competition sample.

The 27-year-old Cape Town-based tennis player revealed in a statement on social media that she has been banned until December 2024 for testing positive for a banned substance.

Bhunu tested positive for the outlawed substance after providing a urine sample in December last year, before being formally charged a few weeks later.

She, however, pleaded her innocence, insisting that she would never knowingly take a banned substance.

“As you may already be aware, a urine sample which I provided in December 2021 tested positive for traces of Mesterolone Metabolite. I am firmly committed to the principles of clean sport and have never knowingly or intentionally taken any prohibited substances,” Bhunu said in a statement.

The tennis star, who is the daughter of former Tennis Zimbabwe president Regis Bhunu, said she still doesn’t know how traces of Mesterolone ended up in her system, and has been battling to prove her innocence since being notified of the offence.

“I do not know the cause of the positive test. However, I have been advised that the extremely low concentration of Mesterolone Metabolite that was detected in my sample (an estimated 0.11 ng/mL) is consistent with the positive test having been caused by a contamination event,” she said.