Maria Sharapova banned for two years

Maria Sharapova banned for two years

Controversial decision

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

After her initial ban in March, Maria Sharapova has been handed her full sentence. Buro 24/7 Middle East has the details...

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Following a failed a drugs test in March, for the banned substance meldonium the five-time Grand Slam winner has now been hit with two-year ban, despite the tribunal concluding that Sharapova hadn't taken the substance to enhance her on-court performance.

"While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension," Sharapova said in a statement. "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."

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