Source: News Bharati English05 Oct 2016 14:00:52

Lausanne, October 5: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) acknowledged the decision taken on Tuesday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the top tennis player, Maria Sharapova.
An appeal panel appointed by CAS has reduced the sanction imposed on Sharapova by an Independent Tribunal on 8 June 2016 from 24 months to 15 months. This decision is the result of an appeal by  Sharapova after she was found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the use of banned substance Meldonium. WADA acknowledges that Sharapova’s period of ineligibility will now end at midnight on 25 April 2017.

WADA respects all decisions taken by CAS, the highest independent sport tribunal which has the jurisdiction to determine sports-related appeals. WADA recognizes that CAS fully scrutinized all available information and evidence in Sharapova’s appeal and imposed what it deemed to be an appropriate sanction under the World Anti-Doping Code. WADA abides by the CAS ruling and will make no further comment. 

Maria Sharapova took her Facebook account to convey her message to the world. She posted, “I’ve gone from one of the toughest days of my career last March when I learned about my suspension to now, one of my happiest days, as I found out I can return to tennis in April.” Talking upon the ban, she wrote, “I have taken responsibility from the very beginning for not knowing that the over-the-counter supplement I had been taking for the last ten years was no longer allowed. But I also learned how much better other Federations were at notifying their athletes of the rule change, especially in Eastern Europe where Mildronate is commonly taken by millions of people.”

She further said that she hoped ITF and other relevant tennis anti-doping authorities would study what these other Federations did, so that no other tennis player would have to go through what she went through. She later thanked her fans for living and breathing so many of these tough months together. She wrote ‘I’m coming back soon and I can’t wait!’ and concluded.