Marin Cilic banned for nine months after positive test for nikethamide

Marin Cilic is suspended for nine months after the Croatian world No24 tested positive for a banned supplement

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Marin Cilic reached the final of the Aegon Championships in June Photo: Marianne Bevis

Marin Cilic has said he will appeal his ban after the Croatian world No24 was suspended for nine months following a positive test for a banned supplement.

Traces of prohibited glucose supplement nikethamide was found in a urine sample provided by the 24-year-old at the BMW Open in Munich in May.

Cilic argued the banned substance was in his system after taking Coramine glucose tablets that had been purchased on his behalf from a pharmacy.

A statement from the International Tennis Federation read: “Mr Cilic ingested the nikethamide inadvertently as a result of taking the Coramine glucose tablets, and did not intend to enhance his performance in doing so, and he therefore met the preconditions which entitle him to a reduction of the Period of Ineligibility for Specified Substance based on an assessment of his fault.

“It was also determined that Mr Cilic’s results at the 2013 BMW Open event should be disqualified, with resulting forfeiture of the ranking points and prize money that he won at those events.

“Mr Cilic’s results subsequent to the BMW Open, up to the time that he accepted a voluntary provisional suspension, are also disqualified, and the ranking points and prize money forfeited.”

Cilic has since issued a statement saying that he intends to appeal the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“I will be appealing that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport very shortly,” Cilic said in statement.

“I wish to emphasise that I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any banned substance in my life and that I am opposed to any use of performance-enhancing substances in sport.”

Cilic, who will miss the Australian Open while he serves his ban, has not competed since he withdrew from Wimbledon due to a knee injury.

He reached the final of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, where he was beaten by Andy Murray.

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