Sharapova's doping ban reduced
- 04.10.2016, 17:15,
- Sports » Sports. Main
The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced Maria Sharapova’s two-year suspension to 15 months, allowing her to partake in Grand Slam at Rolland Garros.
Maria Sharapova's ban ends on April 26, 2017 after the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) announced the decision on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old tennis star was suspended for use of banned substance Meldonium for a period of 2 years but subsequently the board cut the suspension to 15 months.
The three-member CAS panel found that while Sharapova’s anti-doping rule violation was with no significant fault, “she bore some degree of fault” that caused the panel to conclude a 15-month suspension was appropriate, it goes in a statement.
In a statement, Sharapova said: “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.
“In so many ways, I feel like something I love was taken away from me and it will feel really good to have it back. Tennis is my passion and I have missed it. I am counting the days until I can return to the court,” she added.