Paszek investigated for violating doping rules

Updated: July 23, 2009, 10:09 AM ET
Associated Press

VIENNA -- Tamira Paszek of Austria is being investigated by national anti-doping authorities after a medical treatment for a back injury allegedly violated doping regulations.

During Paszek's treatment earlier this month, blood was taken for enrichment and later injected, which is not allowed under international anti-doping rules.

Paszek said she was not aware that the treatment was possibly illegal until a reporter told her after an interview. Paszek alerted the Austrian anti-doping agency NADA, which confirmed Thursday that it was investigating.

The 59th-ranked Paszek has struggled with back problems since last season. She has not played a match since retiring in the first round of Wimbledon.

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