Maria Sharapova, the former No1. tennis player on the WTA list (currently ranked 26th), will definitely miss the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
In March 2016. Sharapova has revealed that she has been tested positive on a banned substance „Meldonium,“ during this year’s Australian Open. Although Sharapova knew that the use of banned substances would lead only to a suspension from tennis for a certain period, she was hoping that her confession would reduce the suspension and that she would be playing at this year’s Olympics.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) ruled a decision to suspend Sharapova from playing tennis for two years, which was not well accepted by the Russian tennis star, as she appealed on the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.
The Russian superstar, and one of the highest paid female athletes over the last several years, was hoping that the CAS would make a decision on her appeal prior to July 18th. Further, she expected that her appeal would result in reducing the suspension or even lifting the suspension, before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which are scheduled to be held in August of 2016.
However, the CAS and the legal team of Sharapova have both agreed that additional time is needed to collect more evidence in order to be thoroughly reviewed.
The CAS made a statement on this issue: “Due to the parties requiring additional time to complete and respond to their respective evidentiary submissions, and several scheduling conflicts, the parties have agreed not to expedite the appeal. A decision is expected to be issued by September 19 2016.”
This means that Maria Sharapova is definitely going to miss the upcoming Olympic Games.
Originally, the ITF suspended Maria Sharapova for two years which means that if her appeal is not accepted, Sharapova’s next big tournament could at the Australian Open 2018, and at that time she would be 31.
Words By: Admir Aljic