Russian Maria Sharapova said in an interview with the renowned American journalist Charlie rose on PBS that initially the international tennis Federation (ITF) planned to disqualify her for the use of Meldonium for a period of four years. However, she expressed the opinion that the analysis of this situation, the representatives of the Federation remained neutral.
“Initially, the ITF wanted to give me a four-year – quoted Sharapova “R-Sport”. – And at the hearings ITF I knew the people I tell about the situation, were selected those with whom I fought. I don’t think they treated the situation neutral.”
The player was disqualified from the 26th of January 2016 for two years for anti-doping rule violation involving the use of Meldonium on prescription. On Tuesday the court of arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced the term of its disqualification from 24 to 15 months, she will be able to take part in the competition with 26 APR 2017.
“I was surprised when, in March, lying on the bed, received a letter that the drug I took for 10 years legally, suddenly found himself under the ban, – continued the Russian. – Then I wondered why didn’t know about the ban, because there were many different ways to learn. I had a lot of time to think about it.”
In the decision of the court of arbitration for Sport of Lausanne, notes that the World anti-doping Agency (WADA), ITF and Women’s tennis Association (WTA) do not warn Mary about the inclusion of Meldonium in the list of banned drugs.
“First, she used the “”Grindeks “” for about ten years without any issues on the fight against doping. Second, it held consultations with the Russian doctor, who had prescribed “Mildronat” for medical reasons and not to enhance her sport performance. Thirdly, it had received no specific warnings about changing the status of Meldonium WADA, ITF or WTA,” stated the arbitrators, noting that from Sharapova, it would be reasonable to charge the check of the prohibited list to his agent, who dealt with this every year.