Sharapova: ITF Made A Scapegoat Out Of Me

Sharapova: ITF Made A Scapegoat Out Of Me
Sharapova: ITF Made A Scapegoat Out Of Me
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07 October, 2016

After the court reduced her two-year ban to fifteen months, Maria Sharapova plans to return to the court.

The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) cut to 15 months Sharapova's ban imposed by an independent tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium.

She appealed against the ban, stating that the decision was very harsh, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday chose to reduce it from 2 years to 15 months, which brought a huge smile to the athlete's face.

Sharapova's lawyer John Haggerty described the CAS ruling as a "stunning repudiation of the ITF", while in her social media accounts Sharapova said she was "counting the days until I can return to the court".

An April return the ban is backdated to the positive test in January this year means she would in theory be able to compete at the French Open in May-June next year.

She admitted taking meldonium during the season's opening grand slam in Melbourne but said she had been unaware that it had been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The ITF also said that Sharapova failed a meldonium test in an out-of-competition control in Moscow on 2 February. Steve says that she is entitled to have "unlimited" wild cards, supposedly because of her previous superior record she once held.

Sharapova's complaints about the make-up of the tribunal also provoked a firm block from the ITF, which administrates the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.

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The secretive nature of Sharapova's medical regime was revealed at the ITF's hearing earlier this year, when it emerged that Eisenbud was the only member of her support team who knew she had been taking Meldonium.

Maria Sharapova always knew her drugs ban would not be the way her tennis career would end.

"I'm coming back soon and I can't wait!" she said. "(Sharapova) need (s) to play enough and of course it will be ok for her in the future.

Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation [ITF] for using a banned substance.

Sharapova's reduced suspension for a doping violation is set to provide a healthy boost to her bank balance with corporate sponsors reaffirming their commitment to the Russian player.

As for plans going forward, Sharapova said she's looking for a replacement for Meldonium.

The tennis star also believes WADA also targeted her to serve as examples to other athletes.

Sharapova won the Wimbledon singles title as a 17-year-old in 2004, going on to win the Australian, French and US Opens to complete a career Grand Slam. Sharapova fans will now get to see the player on courts in an exhibition event on Monday.


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