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Sharapova doping ban - who's saying what

2016-06-09 13:00
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London - Who's saying what on Maria Sharapova's two-year doping ban.

Independent Tribunal ruling conclusion:

"The contravention of the anti-doping rules was not intentional as Ms Sharapova did not appreciate that Mildronate contained a substance prohibited from 1 January 2016. However she does bear sole responsibility for the contravention, and very significant fault, in failing to take any steps to check whether the continued use of this medicine was permissible.

"If she had not concealed her use of Mildronate from the anti-doping authorities, members of her own support team and the doctors whom she consulted, but had sought advice, then the contravention would have been avoided. She is the sole author of her own misfortune."

Maria Sharapova:

"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."

Tennis great Martina Navratilova on Twitter:

"Maria Sharapova's Tennis Suspension Is for Two Years, -- 2 years-yikes- it will be hard to come back from this."

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki on BBC:

"Tennis has a really strong anti-drug policy in place and it helps the sport really keep clean. It's always a sad situation when someone is getting banned or you have heard they have failed a drug test -- not only for Maria but for tennis in general. The ITF is doing its best to make sure nobody tries to go that route of taking any enhancing drugs, it's unfortunate for anyone who did that unintentionally as well."

Sports good giants Nike on resuming sponsorship of Sharapova despite ban:

"Maria has always made her position clear, has apologized for her mistake and is now appealing the length of the ban. Based on the decision of the ITF and their factual findings, we hope to see Maria back on court and will continue to partner with her."

Johan Eliasch, chairperson of racquet sponsor HEAD:

"We believe, based on the facts and circumstances provided to us, that this is a flawed decision. HEAD will continue to stand by Miss Sharapova."

Russia's former French and Australian Open champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov:

"They're competent people in charge of this sphere. If they decided so, let it be as it is. That means their decision is fair."

Russian Fed Cup captain Anastasia Myskina:

"Unfortunately it's happened. It's a very bad piece of news for all of us, who love tennis, who want to see Masha (Sharapova) in the team."

Russian Fed Cup team-mate Svetlana Kuznetsova on Twitter:

"Thats what mean a real scandal.. Didn't have that many missed phone calls from the press, even when I won my best tournaments #nocomments."

Elena Vesnina, another Fed Cup team-mate on Twitter:

"@SvetlanaK27 Same thing here Sveta, 15 missed calls in 40 min..."

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