Wednesday, December 23, 1998 Published at 00:50 GMT
Korda failed Wimbledon drugs test
Korda: Does not know how he tested positive
Australian Open champion Petr Korda tested positive for a banned steroid during this year's Wimbledon championships in July, it has emerged.
In a statement the ITF said that as a result the player had been stripped of ranking points and prize money earned during the tournament.
The incident became public knowledge after Korda's appeal was heard by the ITF's Independent Appeals Committee in London on Tuesday.
The committee upheld Korda's punishment. But it ruled that the player had been unaware he had taken or been administered the banned substance.
Korda claims vindication
Korda submitted the positive doping sample after bowing out in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Korda said he and his advisers had made exhaustive, but unsuccessful, attempts to find the source of the illegal substance.
"I wish to state categorically that I am not a drugs cheat and would never seek to obtain a competitive advantage over my fellow professionals by such means," he said.
"I am delighted that the Committee has vindicated me.
"This allegation came as a tremendous shock and caused considerable distress to me and my family.
"From a professional standpoint my performances since August suffered, as my recent results have shown.
"Whilst I am in the final stages of my career I still love the game."