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2004 Feb 06 - Rusedski prepared to clear name

Greg Rusedski is not even contemplating the prospect of facing a ban for testing positive for nandrolone as he prepares to defend himself at the hearing he will attend in Montreal, Canada on the 9th February.

The British No.2 will face an intense three-man panel, chaired by the highly regarded Montreal QC Yves Fortier. Mr Fortier is no stranger to high profile sports cases having handled everything from Olympic swimmers, to National Hockey League (NHL) salary arbitration, to United States Track and Field Association (USTFA) positive drug test disclosure, to a more relevant case which saw Argentine tennis player Guillermo Coria banned for seven months on nandrolone charge in 2002.

Of the forthcoming hearing Greg said:

"I’m feeling strong and confident in facing my tribunal hearing in Montreal as I know I am innocent.

"I am advised that the tribunal chairman, Mr Fortier QC, is very highly qualified in this area so I am confident of a fair trial.

"I am represented by Mark Gay, who is known as the lawyer for the prosecution in sports drugs cases. He was so convinced of the exceptional nature of this case that he agreed to represent me.

"I am driven by the fact that the seven other players with identical findings of the metabolites of nandrolone and the same unique fingerprint were exonerated.

"“Since the initial shock when the results were revealed I have gained strength from the overwhelming circumstances of this case and the tremendous support I have received from the public and my sponsors Donnay.

"I expect a fair trial and hope for a swift verdict so that I can return to playing tennis and put an end to this extremely stressful period of my life."

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