ITF is not planning to disqualify Sharapova for four years

MOSCOW, 5 Okt — R-Sport. The international tennis Federation (ITF) did not plan to disqualify the Russian Maria Sharapova for four years for use of Meldonium, said in a statement.

The winner of five Grand slam tournaments, Sharapova in March at a press conference said that he had received notification that her doping sample taken during a performance at the Open championship of Australia, found traces of Meldonium — drug, made by the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list from 1 January 2016. Three months later, the ITF athlete was disqualified for two years from January 26, 2016. On Tuesday the court of arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced this period to 15 months.

Sharapova said that initially, the ITF planned to disqualify her for the use of Meldonium for a period of four years, and expressed the opinion that the analysis of this situation the organization should not maintain their neutrality.

“The ITF tried to disqualify Sharapova for four years. The position of the ITF was to provide an independent Commission to decide what sanctions should be applied. The independent Commission consisted of a barrister, as President and medical and scientific experts appointed by the ITF. A team of lawyers Sharapova could object to any member of the Commission, but they have agreed in writing that they have no claims”, — quotes the statement of the ITF, the Agency France Press, citing British Press Association.

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