The two year ban over the use of illicit stamina enhancement drug (Meldonium) by lovable tennis champion Maria Sharapova is causing excitement and condemnation across the world. The prescription drug which the 29 year old Russian has been using for ten years caught the attention of tennis officials in January, and now she’s out of competitions until January 2018,
Maria Sharapova has reacted to her ban by International Tennis Federation Tribunal…
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.
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.
P.S. My lawyer prepared a short summary of how the ITF process works so I thought I would pass it along to my fans so you too can be aware of what the ITF rules call for.”
Why’s that drug was put on ‘ban list’ only on 2016? She said she has been taking it for 10 years! #MariaSharapova
— Avery Thang (@AveryThang) March 7, 2016
It doesn’t sound like this was a performance enhancing medication, so why did they ban it to start with? #MariaSharapova
— Jane Harper (@JanefromNC) March 7, 2016
— Selena (@MancSel) March 8, 2016
If Maria Sharapova’s nationality was different, her ban would have been 12 mths maximum. #ITF have covered up tennis corruption. Wonder why?
— Stefan Plebovich (@Stifanovich) June 8, 2016
— John Hardcastle (@johnkhardcastle) June 8, 2016
Maria Sharapova is experiencing karma for her camp insinuating that Serena Williams was on some enhancement drug, based on her body type.
— ℕUFF$AID (@nuffsaidNY) June 8, 2016
Maria Sharapova has been banned for 2 years because of PEDs. When tennis has stricter drug standards then MLB or the NFL. LOL 😂😂😂
— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) June 8, 2016
— Live Tennis (@livetennis) June 8, 2016
— Melvin Pérez-Cedano (@merezano) June 8, 2016
Maria Sharapova has received a two-year ban from tennis after testing positive for meldonium. So what is the drug? https://t.co/ZRMD5uRytd
— WSJ Video (@WSJvideo) June 8, 2016
Doping expert: “It’s hard to read the tea leaves, but I don’t think Sharapova can get (ban) cut down by much” Story: https://t.co/OKb55OCvXF
— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) June 8, 2016
That’s the face of Maria Sharapova when she realised she couldn’t defeat Serena Williams even with the help of drugs pic.twitter.com/LRVBEE6fux
— sudipcasm (@sudipcasm) June 8, 2016
Maria Sharapova got dumped from playing for two years.. It’s a live example of the fact that never doubt the existence of God(Sachin)
— A N U P R I Y A (@aaanupriyaaa) June 8, 2016
Maria Sharapova did all that to beat serena Williams and still took that L
— Polyamorous P (@truebake) June 8, 2016
Breaking News: Maria Sharapova has received a 2 year ban from tennis for failing her drug test.~~~ Thoughts? Will she be back?
— Heather Watson (@HeatherWatson92) June 8, 2016
Offering my shoulder for Maria Sharapova to cry on. I don’t care if she doped.
— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) June 8, 2016
Maria Sharapova banned for 2 years, meaning those loud groans you hear from Yer Da’s TV late at night can no longer be blamed on tennis
— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) June 8, 2016
Maria Sharapova would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those pesky drug tests and that meddling Meldonium 💊💉.
— ℕUFF$AID (@nuffsaidNY) June 8, 2016
Wow 2 year ban for Maria Sharapova
— Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) June 8, 2016
Maria Sharapova banned for two years. Boom Out! Bye girl. pic.twitter.com/x1MZlCpVCt
— Kждй (@huenotshade) June 8, 2016
ITF bans Maria Sharapova for 2 yrs, this l proves she’s the sole author of her misfortune. Hope this decision sents chillers to others. 🎾
— Dhawal Shah (@DhawalShah10) June 8, 2016
We don’t know if Maria Sharapova’s intention was to “cheat” or “deceive”, why call for “ban”, “pay” before facts are known or decision made.
— Paul Leybourne (@PaulLeybourne) March 11, 2016