Belgian tennis star Wickmayer says she's no drug cheat

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Wellington (New Zealand), Dec. 29 (ANI): Belgian tennis star Yanina Wickmayer says she has no time for drugs cheats and scant regard for the tennis officials in her own country who banned her on a drugs technicality.

Wickmayer is in Auckland for the ASB Classic starting next week, a fortnight after a Belgian court suspended a one-year ban imposed by the Flemish National Doping Organisation.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the world No 16 had been banned for failing to report her whereabouts for drugs testing three times.

Today, she said she never missed a test, never failed a test and tennis officials in her own country were very poor communicators.

Wickmayer said there was no room for drugs cheats in any sport but tennis officials in Belgium treated players like robots and did not communicate with them.

Under the "whereabouts rule" top 50 players must let tennis authorities know where they are for three months in advance for dope testing.

Last year Wickmayer, 20, leapt 55 places in the world rankings and today said after moving into the world top 50 she was not properly told what she had to do.

She said Belgian authorities sent four letters to her home and all were returned because no one was there to receive them.

She was playing outside Belgium and was with her father and coach, Marc Wickmayer, and no one told her she had to report.

"I was warned after the third time when things were all too late," Wickmayer said. (ANI)

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