Rafael Nadal sues former French sports minister over doping accusations

first_imgSpanish tennis great Rafael Nadal has sued former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot for alleging he had used performance enhancing drugs.”I am making public the defamation lawsuit against Roselyne Bachelot that I have filed today April 25 before the Paris law courts. This legal proceeding was instigated after Bachelot made offensive remarks last March on Le Grand 8 program on French channel D8,” Nadal said in the statement.Bachelot had said in the wake of Maria Sharapova’s positive in this year’s Australian Open that Nadal’s 12-month absence through injury in 2012 was “without doubt due to a positive (drug test). When you see a tennis player who stops playing for long months, it is because he has tested positive and because they are covering it up”.”Through this case, I intend not only to defend my integrity and my image as an athlete but also the values I have defended all my career,” Nadal said.”I also wish to prevent any public figure from making insulting or false allegations against an athlete using the media, without any evidence or foundation,” he added.He also said that if he won the case he would not keep the damages for himself, but give them to a French-based charity.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more