Stella Dimoko Maria Sharapova Can Start Playing Tennis In April


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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Maria Sharapova Can Start Playing Tennis In April

Maria Sharapova will be eligible to return to competitive tennis in April after her two-year doping ban was reduced to 15 months on Tuesday by a sports court that found the Russian star bore no “significant fault” for her positive drug test and did not intend to cheat.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport cut nine months off the suspension imposed on Sharapova, who tested positive for the banned heart medication meldonium at the Australian Open in January.

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player, appealed to CAS in June seeking to overturn or reduce the two-year penalty imposed by the International Tennis Federation.

In a 28-page ruling, the CAS panel found that Sharapova bore “some degree of fault” but “less than significant fault” in the case that has sidelined one of the world’s most prominent and wealthy female athletes.

“The panel has determined, under the totality of the circumstances, that a sanction of 15 months is appropriate here given her degree of fault,” the three-man arbitration body ruled.

While Sharapova did commit a doping violation, “under no circumstances ... can the player be considered to be an ‘intentional doper,’” the panel said.

Sharapova’s ban, which took effect on Jan. 26, was originally due to run until Jan. 25, 2018. Now she can return on April 26, 2017, a month ahead of the French Open, a Grand Slam tournament she has won twice.Speech

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  1. Once a disgrace always......

  2. Replies
    1. Mscheeew,abeg she should remain where she is.Not a fan.

  3. Money has been exchanged!
    Good for her

  4. Racism still lingers big time. If it was Serena Williams would this light judgement have applied to her? TFY all you whites.......#Hypocrites

    1. You are d racist for thinking like that w/o finding out what exactly she doped on. What she doped on was just recently banned dummy

  5. I'm her big fan...and I'm glad she'll be coming back soon

  6. Great to hear. Maria is bae...

  7. If it's a black person this would not have happened. What does she even play ? See how they buried Tiger Woods for cheating on his wife O. I am not saying it's right but his was a private matter

  8.'re so clueless, blind and totally out of tune with misjudgements happening all over the globe especially when it's a black vs white issues.

    My position on this will never change whether the substance was recently banned or not, a black player wouldn't be spared.

    Quite sure you are a descendant of Donald Trump.


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