Fenerbahce Terminate Taurasi Contract

07 January 2011
EuroLeague Women

Diana Taurasi has parted ways with Fenerbahce following an announcement by the Turkish Basketball Federation about the American star's positive doping test.

Taurasi, who has been an outstanding player at Fenerbahce this season and fresh off her world title win with the United States at the FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic, tested positive for a banned substance after a domestic league game on November 13.

The federation (TBF) announced on their website on Thursday afternoon: "13 November 2010, after the game Fenerbahce against İstanbul University, there was a routine doping control. Diana Taurasi had in her urine, Modafinil, which is a forbidden substance by WADA .

"And then she asked for the second test which was analyzed by Hacettepe University Doping Contol Center and the report results were sent to Turkey Basketball Federation.

"In the report, it says that the forbidden substances which were found in the test A were also found in test B."

Following the statement by the TBF, Fenerbahce announced on their website late Thursday afternoon that Taurasi's contract had been terminated.

Fener are 8-0 in Group B of the EuroLeague Women and remain one of the best teams in the competition, even without Taurasi - the MVP of the last two EuroLeague Women Final Fours when she played with Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje.

The club, even before the announcement on the doping test, had signed Taurasi's USA teammate Angel McCoughtry on a transfer from MKB Euroleasing Sopron.

The MVPs of the last two FIBA World Championships for Women, Penny Taylor of Australia and Hana Horakova of the Czech Republic, were already on the books of Fenerbahce along with many of Turkey's national team players, and Serbian center Ivana Matovic.

Before Thursday's announcements, Fener coach Laszlo Ratgeber said to Basketball World News: "Now we have to do something from the beginning. Okay, not from zero, but it's not the same ...

"It will be a new chemistry, and that's the most difficult part. We will see."

Ratgeber had coached Taurasi at Sparta&K and knows the American well.

"It's not only a big loss for Fener," he said.

"This is a big loss for the whole basketball world."



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