Nike has suspended the contract with confessed to doping Maria Sharapova
photo: Victor Worms
We will remind, the winner of five major prizes, Grand Slam, silver medalist of the 2012 Olympics, Maria Sharapova announced that her doping sample taken during the Open championship of Australia on tennis, found the drug Meldonium. While Sharapova will be suspended on March 12, but can expect severe punishment — up to 4 years disqualification.
More: Sharapova passed a positive doping test: in her blood found Meldonium
Words of encouragement Sharapova said in his Twitter, American tennis player Ryan Harrison: «Mary so well kept. In my opinion – it’s an honest mistake great champion».
Maria handled that so well. In my opinion, honest mistake from a great champion.
— Ryan Harrison (@ryanharrison92) 7 March 2016.
Former world number one fifth Anna Chakvetadze was named the news about the doping Sharapova «blow». «To me until tonight it seemed that our sport is clean. Judge for yourself… It’s a blow not only to Maria Sharapova, is a blow to the whole sport.»
Player suggested that the punishment would «probably six months». «The Olympics are almost here, and Maria is one of the main contenders for medals… She admitted her guilt, I think, must be the relaxation of the punishment,» added Chakvetadze.
Honored coach of Russia Viktor Yanchuk also put emphasis on the fact that Sharapova is Russia’s hope at the Games in Rio: «Given the fact that Maria had chances to perform at the Olympic games in Rio is not worse than England (silver games of 2012), it is clear that it was our hope… in Addition to Sharapova, no one able to enter this level,» he said .
In turn, the President of Federation of tennis of Russia Shamil Tarpischev considers a positive doping test Sharapova tragedy.
«No threat to Russian tennis after the doping test Sharapova no. Maria continues his career after this,» he said «R-Sport».
World anti-doping Agency (WADA) has so far refrained from commenting — «as long as the international tennis Federation does not make the decision».
Executive Director of the Women’s tennis Association (WTA) Steve Simon said that «every athlete is himself responsible for what he is doing».
«Now that the case is in the hands of the Tennis anti-doping programme and its standard procedures. WTA will support any decision made during this process,» he said.
Nike, which Sharapova is many years, breaks the contract with athlete. «We are saddened and surprised by the news about Maria Sharapova. We have decided to suspend relations with Mary, while an investigation is ongoing», — quotes RT statement of the company.