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Maria Sharapova Releases Statement on 2 Year Tennis Suspension

Maria Sharapova Releases Statement on 2 Year Tennis Suspension

Athlete Maria Sharapova has released a statement about the “unfairly harsh two-year suspension” she received from the sport of tennis after failing a drug test earlier this year.

“Today with their decision of a two year suspension, the ITF tribunal unanimously concluded that what I did was not intentional. The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance enhancing substance. The ITF spent tremendous amounts of time and resources trying to prove I intentionally violated the anti-doping rules and the tribunal concluded I did not. You need to know that the ITF asked the tribunal to suspend me for four years – the required suspension for an intentional violation — and the tribunal rejected the ITF’s position,” the 29-year-old athlete wrote on Facebook.

“While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension. The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I did not do anything intentionally wrong, yet they seek to keep me from playing tennis for two years. I will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
I have missed playing tennis and I have missed my amazing fans, who are the best and most loyal fans in the world. I have read your letters. I have read your social media posts and your love and support has gotten me through these tough days. I intend to stand for what I believe is right and that’s why I will fight to be back on the tennis court as soon as possible,” she continued.

Also on her Facebook, Maria added how the rules of how the suspension process works. Head over to her Facebook to read more.

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  • sherrida charles

    This is sad….NOT!!!

  • VanityInsecurity

    Excessive, especially since they could not prove in any way that she intentionally violated any doping rule. 2 years for an unintentional act seems outlandish to me.

  • Shenanigans

    intentions are difficult to prove. what was proven was that she had a banned substance in her system. being a US citizen and traveling to Russia to get a “preventative’ drug is intention enough for me, too bad im not on the panel.
    Her team failed her, if not herself. Emails, letters etc are sent out numerous times to alert the player and their team and the substances are now banned. she wasnt paying attention.

  • Mikee Catacutan

    You fail to mention this was a drug she had been using for many years for her heart. You also fail to mention that 100′s of other athletes tested positive for the drug given it just entered the ban list.

    She’s also at the top of women’s tennis knowingly drug tests happen frequently.

    A stupid mistake? Absolutely, but even the best of us make mistakes and I do believe a penalty is in order, just not this excessive.

  • Roscoe

    I hope the decision is overturned and replaced with a more reasonable punishment. If is has proven that it wasn’t intentional, wasn’t for performance enhancement, and the new list was difficult to locate, even six months may be excessive.

  • Roscoe

    I hope the decision is overturned and replaced with a more reasonable punishment. If is has proven that it wasn’t intentional, wasn’t for performance enhancement, and the new list was difficult to locate, even six months may be excessive.

  • Greigiano Alves

    She used Meldonium but stopped. The problem is that he continued in the body, it takes a while to be completely eliminated from a person’s body. The WADA -World anti-doping agency, said it does not know how long the Meldonium takes to be eliminated from the body. So I think that the penalty of two years was exaggerated.

  • totalobvi

    She admitted to taking it the day of her Australian Open quarterfinal. Her whole argument has always been that she was taking it after it was banned, but that she didn’t know it was banned.

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  • xyz

    While freaks and frauds like Gorilliams Brothers are still allowed to play….

  • xyz

    It is sad, u, imbecile

  • Shenanigans

    oh shut up. have you read the very detailed tribunal report? they ripped her apart. here’s a quote:

    “the manner in which the medication was taken, its concealment from the anti-doping authorities, her failure to disclose it even to her own team, and the lack of any medical justification must inevitably lead to the conclusion that she took Mildronate for the purpose of enhancing her performance”.
    theres more. read the report. shes a WORLD CLASS CHEATER. she can join the rank with Armstrong.

  • Shenanigans

    read the tribunal report. stop reading gossip sites for information and stop reading her facebook BS. her defense was thrown out.

  • Shenanigans

    and she repeatedly failed to list this drug on the list of medications and vitamins she was taking. If the whole incident was as innocent as she claims, why did she fail to list it? She listed a whole bunch of other vitamins and meds, writing one more wouldn’t have harmed her. From the report, it seems she brought this upon herself. She hadn’t informed her team she was using this medication.
    The irony of it all is that she still wasn’t able to win titles, even after cheating, LMAO.