Nike sticks with Maria Sharapova despite doping ban

Nike has lifted its suspension of Maria Sharapova, who arrangements to offer the two-year restriction from tennis gave to her on Wednesday for falling flat a doping test.

Sharapova’s underwriting manage the American sportswear goliath was set on hold in March when it was affirmed she had tried positive for banned substance meldonium.

Be that as it may, Nike has said it will back the Russian, expressing: “Taking into account the choice of the ITF and their genuine discoveries, we would like to see Maria back on court and will keep on partnering with her.”


Sharapova confessed to committing an error in carrying on taking meldonium after it was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency banned rundown on January 1, 2016.

Her two-year authorization was affirmed by the ITF on Wednesday, yet its announcement said she had not deliberately abused doping rules.

The 29-year-old will claim the seriousness of the discipline at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

An announcement from Nike read: “The ITF tribunal has found that Maria did not deliberately break its principles.

“Maria has constantly made her position clear, has apologized for her misstep and is presently engaging the length of the boycott.

“Taking into account the choice of the ITF and their authentic discoveries, we would like to see Maria back on court and will keep on partnering with her.”


Sharapova’s announcement read: “Today with their choice of a two year suspension, the ITF tribunal consistently presumed that what I did was not purposeful.

“The tribunal found that I didn’t look for treatment from my specialist with the end goal of acquiring an execution improving substance. The ITF invested huge measures of energy and assets attempting to demonstrate I purposefully damaged the counter doping rules and the tribunal closed I didn’t.

“While the tribunal finished up effectively that I didn’t purposefully abuse the counter doping rules, I can’t acknowledge an unjustifiably brutal two-year suspension.

“The tribunal, whose individuals were chosen by the ITF, concurred that I didn’t do anything deliberately wrong, yet they look to keep me from playing tennis for a long time. I will promptly offer the suspension bit of this decision to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

Nike has beforehand reestablished sponsorship manages competitors taking after doping bans, most quite in March 2015 when they re-marked sprinter Justin Gatlin, who already served a four-year suspension.


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