Most Beautiful Tennis Player Maria Sharapova faces 2 Year BAN | Latest Sports News
Russian Tennis sensation Maria Sharapova is one of the most beautiful and popular sportsperson across the World. In the doping test ahead of Australian Open this year, It came to limelight that Sharapova has relied on banned drug ‘Meldonium’. Even though there is a possibility of imposing a ban for a period of 4 years, ITF Tribunal brought it down to 2 years after reaching the conclusion that Sharapova’s ignorance over ban on ‘Meldonium’ from January 1st this year has led to this situation.
The ITF made the announcement Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation about the future of the former world No. 1. Sharapova — whose case was heard by a three-person tribunal on May 18 and 19 — immediately said on her Facebook page she would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which will have the final say on the matter. Her lawyer, John Haggerty, told CNN he expected the hearing to take place next month. The ITF — which sought a four-year punishment — told CNN it wouldn’t be appealing to CAS, while the World Anti-Doping Agency will review the decision before deciding whether or not to take the matter to Swiss-based court.
The two-year ban is in line with non-specified substances such as meldonium for first-time offenders who aren’t deemed to have intentionally cheated. Expressing her displeasure over the judgement, Sharapova told: ‘By imposing a suspension on me for 2 years, ITF Tribunal has passed an unanimous resolution that I haven’t deliberately used the banned drug ‘Meldonium’. I can’t accept this stringent punishment. Surely, I’m gonna appeal against the Tribunal verdict in Sports Arbitration Court. My fans have been my support system and they keep communicating to me through social media. I will fight the battle to play tennis as early as possible’.
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