DOPING IN SPORT

Sharapova verdict to be delivered on Tuesday

Sport’s high court will give it’s ruling on Maria Sharapova's appeal against her two-year tennis ban over doping tomorrow.

Sharapova verdict to be delivered on Tuesday

Sharapova appeal case decision due

Sport’s high court will give it’s ruling on Maria Sharapova's appeal against her two-year tennis ban over doping tomorrow.

In a statement, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said the verdict will be issued at 15:00 hours CEST at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Russian tennis star tested positive for the banned medication Meldonium at the Australian Open in January this year. The infringement was revealed a couple of months later, leaving her reputation in tatters.

Recent addition

Meldonium had only just been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned substances list on 1st January. The ruling had initially been expected in July, with Sharapova hoping to be reinstated in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics. But both the player’s camp and the International Tennis Federation, which imposed the ban, needed further time in preparing their case.

The five-time grand slam winner said she had been taking the substance for 10 years to help treat illnesses, a heart issue and a magnesium deficiency. She also claimed it had entirely escaped her attention that the product had been added to the banned substance list.