Brussels: Accusations levelled by Kim Clijsters’ camp that US Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne used performance enhancing drugs were retracted on Thursday. Former French Open semi-finalist Filip De Wulf apologised unreservedly for the claims which Henin-Hardenne on Wednesday had dismissed as “ridiculous”.
De Wulf, in an open letter to Henin-Hardenne in the Belgian media, said: “Justine, I want to apologise to you. I never wanted my comments to cast a shadow on your fantastic win in New York.
“The notion of doping never crossed my mind, rather I was referring to energy supplements like creatine to explain your spectacular muscular development. But even this suggestion was too much. I have committed a serious professional error.”
The dietary supplement creatine is not a banned substance. Her fellow accuser, Leo Clijsters, writing on his daughter’s website, said: “My response to the question why is Kim now being beaten by Justine is this — ‘don’t you see that Justine has gained a lot of power, that she’s become stronger and all of that means she’s the logical winner’.” (AFP)