Rafael Nadal sues French ex-minister over doping claims

Rafael Nadal sues French ex-minister over doping claims

Rafael Nadal sues French ex-minister over doping claims

Written by Staff Writer

26 Apr, 2016 | 12:17 pm

World number 5, Rafael Nadal filed a defamation lawsuit against former French minister Roselyne Bachelot who accused him of doping.

Bachelot, who previously served as France’s minister for health and sport, accused the Spaniard of doping during her appearance last month on French television show Le Grand 8. She claimed that Nadal’s seven-month injury respite from tennis in 2012 was “probably due to a positive doping test.”

The 29 year old Spaniard in a statement said ” I intend to defend my integrity and my image as an athlete but also the values I have defended all my career,”

Bachelot, 69, served in Nicolas Sarkozy’s government from 2007 to 2010. She has since left politics.

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