Originally Posted by Purple Rainbow
Salbutamol is regular anti-asthma medicine. I use it myself too. It's not performance-enhancing. Bogomolov should have gotten an exemption, his failure to do is a stupidity but would by no means have justified a larger punishment. One-and-a-half month is more than enough as it is. Clearly, no harm was intended.
I just read through the report & it's pretty straightforward. At one time he had a TUE for this medication, but it had expired and he failed to renew it and continued to use the medication. The ITF concluded that there was no intent to enhance performance, but that the player was at fault for knowing about the rules, but being careless in following them.
Originally Posted by Lee
If the drug is not performance enhancing, why is it banned?
Some drugs that are approved for theraputic use can be used to enhance performance by athletes not suffering from the condition they are used to treat. For example, insulin is approved for theraputic use by diabetics, but non-diabetics could use insulin to enhance performance (more so in the case of sprint type events--track or swimming--than tennis). Therefore, diabetics must file a TUE form so that red flags won't go off when the insulin shows up in their tests. The same is true for the asthma medication in this case.