I have just written a petition in www.petitiononline.com
to support Younes El Aynaoui. The petition title is the following: Let El Aynaoui Play.
Please spread the word and sign the petition, it can really help.
Thank you so much for your understanding.
Don't let Younes down.
Here is what I have written:
It is true that doping in sports has become a serious issue in that sportsmen use prohibited substances to enhance their performance, and therefore achieve results they could not reach without consuming these substances. Moreover, these sportsmen prevent true champions from reaching their dreams.
As world tennis fans, we were shocked by the announcement of the Italian Federation of Sports medecine revealing that Younes El Aynaoui, the Moroccan Tennis star, tested positive for Tetra-Hydro Cannabinol (THC) at the Italian Championships on December 3rd 2005. We strongly condemn the fact that this Federation never contacted the player to inform him about the issue before making the announcement public, and we were surprised to learn that the President of the Antidoping commission of the Italian Tennis Federation was not even aware of the fact.
We have to wait first for the confirmation of the test. Then, we need to explain that although prohibited, THC has never been a substance that enhances performance. It alters it actually. Furthermore, according to ITF, a player that consumes this substance risks a sanction going from a warning to a maximum suspension of three months.
As a result, knowing that Younes El Aynaoui has always been a great example in or outside a tennis court, showing profound respect to everybody, being patient with fans and the press, supporting financially a Moroccan orphanage, promoting considerably tennis worlwide, having been elected several times in the Board of Pro tennis players and particularly having been elected the first ambassador of world tennis in 2003, this true gentleman at the end of his career, does not deserve to be suspended.
In conclusion, we tennis fans demand the supreme authorities in charge of this case to let Younes El Aynaoui show his talent in a tennis court, and give him only a warning if the confirmation test is positive.