CAS reduces Sharapova doping ban to 15 months

Former world number one was banned by ITF in June after testing positive for banned drug meldonium


Reuters October 04, 2016
Russian tennis star Sharapova. PHOTO: REUTERS

ZURICH: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday reduced by nine months former world number one tennis player Maria Sharapova's two-year doping ban.

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An arbitration panel "found that Ms Sharapova committed an anti-doping rule violation and that while it was with 'no significant fault', she bore some degree of fault, for which a sanction of fifteen months is appropriate," Switzerland-based CAS said in a statement. The ban took effect from Jan. 26, 2016.

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Five-times grand slam winner Sharapova was banned by the International Tennis Federation in June following a positive test for the banned drug meldonium during January's Australian Open.

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