According to the Romanian publication ProSport, the first two important witnesses ready to testify in favor of Simona Halep in court are her former trainer Darren Cahill and her physical trainer Teo Cercel.
“Cercel can vouch for Halep’s honesty, integrity and probity as a witness before the three-judge panel of Sport Resolution’s independent tribunal in London,” notes ProSport.
“Teo Cercel’s eventual plea to the Sport Resolutions judges could be crucial as the supplements used by Halep were contaminated (with Roxadustat, the substance identified in Simona’s A and B samples at the US Open) and products of a pharmaceutical factory, ” says the source. also notes.
Cahill has already come to the defense of Halep
Australian coach Darren Cahill believes there is “zero chance” Simona Halep voluntarily took a banned substance.
The ITIA announced that Halep had been provisionally suspended after testing positive for Roxadustat, an anti-anaemia drug. Cahill, who worked with Halep for six years, said she was always extremely careful with medications and supplements.
“First, and most importantly, there is NO chance that Simona knowingly or intentionally took any banned substance. None. Zero.
She was an athlete who insisted on anything prescribed to her by a doctor (which was rare) or any supplement she used or considered taking.
Simona used the words “please check this, triple check this to make sure it’s legal, safe and authorized. If you’re not sure I won’t take it,” Cahill wrote. on Instagram.
In her Instagram post, Cahill said that during her time with Halep, the Romanian was always ready and willing to take a doping test. “Simona’s integrity is unwavering, she respects her peers, she loves the game and she always has her feet firmly planted on the ground as a humble and approachable champion,” Cahill insisted.
He also described Halep as a very honest person, unable to lie or manipulate even if she wanted to. “Honesty has always been his greatest strength and his greatest weakness.
We often joked that she can’t act and that she can’t tell a little lie. Ask her a question at a press conference and she will answer you without hesitation.
She wears her mood on her heart for all the world to see, good or bad. It’s Simon. What you see is what it is. She has built an amazing career and legacy by doing things the hard way.
The right way. Due process will now follow to reveal the answers to many questions. As Simona said, the hardest fight of her life begins now.
I believe her. I always have, and I can honestly say I’ve never done it as much as I do now on this particular topic,” Mr. Cahill concluded in his Instagram post on Halep.