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Sunday 13, Mar 2016

  Sharapova Should Face Suspension For Doping, Says Andy Murray

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Tennis world number two Andy Murray has remarked Maria Sharapova should face suspension after she tested positive for a banned drug to send a strong message to would be drugs cheats.

Murray applauded doping officials for catching one of the most high-profile stars of tennis. Murray said at the Indian Wells tournament in California that the positive thing about what has happened to Maria is she is one of the biggest female athletes on the planet. He added you should be suspended if you take performance enhancing drugs and you fail a drug test.

Murray went on to criticize Maria Sharapova, the tennis federation, and his racquet sponsor Head who also sponsors Sharapova.  Murray criticized the racquet sponsor for announcing it would look to extend her contract. The Head sports equipment company remarked it was “proud to stand behind’’ Maria Sharapova. A statement from Head said we, now and into the future, look forward to working with her and announcing new sponsorships in the weeks and months ahead. The statement further reads that Maria has earned the benefit of the doubt and we are extending it to her and it was further said that we know that for more than a decade Maria has been a role model and a woman of great integrity.

The statement was termed by Murray as premature who said he personally would not have responded like that. Murray said he thinks it is a strange stance given everything that is happened the last few days and added he thinks at this stage it is important really to get hold of the facts and let things play out, like more information coming out before making a decision to extend the contract like that, in his view.

The Scottish professional tennis player said doping is happening on a regular basis in sports and he would not say it was shocking. Murray remarked he read that 55 athletes have failed that test since January 1 and added you do not expect high level athletes in all those sports to have heart conditions. Murray also said the high number of athletes testing positive for Meldonium since start of this year demonstrated that many athletes were getting phoney prescriptions for legal performance enhancing drugs.

Murray, who has been ranked as British No. 1 since 27 February 2006, said if you take a prescription drugs that you don’t need but just because it is legal is wrong and you are just doing it for the performance-enhancing benefits.

On Tuesday, the former world number one announced she failed a drug test for Meldonium that was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list this year. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, will not contest her guilt at the upcoming hearing of the tennis anti-doping committee. It was indicated by her lawyer that they will press for a ban much shorter than a four-year maximum period. The legal team of Maria will argue that she had been used Meldonium over 10 years for medical reasons before it was added to the WADA banned list on January 1. The legal team will pursue a “no significant fault’’ contingency in the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

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Wednesday 09, Mar 2016

  Maria Sharapova Praised By Serena Williams

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Serena Williams has applauded her tennis rival Maria Sharapova for the way she disclosed news of her failed dope test.

Serena, the American professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis, said she was stunned by news that the Russian professional tennis player had tested positive for banned substance Meldonium at this year’s Australian Open. Williams, a long-time rival of Sharapova, said she thinks most people were surprised and shocked by Maria but at the same time most people were happy that she was just upfront and very honest and showed a lot of courage to admit to what she had done and what she had neglected to look at. Williams said Maria Sharapova has always showed courage in everything that she has done and this is no different and described the announcement of Sharapova as brave.

Sharapova announced the news of her positive test at a press conference in Los Angeles. Sharapova claimed she had simply made a mistake by continuing to take Mildronate (an anti-ischemic drug), also known as Meldonium, without checking to see if it was banned. Sharapova told the media she had failed to read an email that state that Meldonium had been added to the banned list on January 1, 2016. The tennis star will be provisionally suspended from playing tennis on March 12 and faces the risk of a four-year ban. In January, Meldonium was added to the list of banned performance enhancing drugs.

After the announcement by Sharapova, German car manufacturer Porsche, sportswear giant Nike, and Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer distanced themselves from sponsorship deals with her. It was announced by TAG Heuer that it would not renew its marketing contract that expired at the end of 2015 with the tennis star. In a statement, Porsche said we regret the news about Maria Sharapova. Until more details are known and we can analyze the situation, we have decided to suspend planned activities with her. In a statement, the unit of French luxury goods group LVMH said Maria Sharapova was under contract with TAG Heuer until December 31, 2015 and added we had been in talks to extend our collaboration. In view of the current situation, the Swiss watch brand has suspended negotiations and has decided not to renew the contract.

Nike and Porsche also suspended their sponsorship of the athlete. Nike said in a statement that we have decided to suspend our relationship with Maria while the investigation continues. The statement further reads that Nike was surprised and saddened by the news.

Meanwhile, the man who created Meldonium said putting the drug on WADA banned list is violation of human rights. Professor Ivar Kalvins said Meldonium is not a performance enhancing drug and added it just helps to protect the athlete’s heart from the consequences of physical overwork and that means it watches over health of athletes. Professor Kalvins added to ban this medicine means to ban athletes from taking care of their health and he considers it to be a kind of violation of human rights.

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Sunday 03, Mar 2013

  Ex-World No. 4 Claims He Fought Against Dopers

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Ex-World No. 4 Claims He Fought Against Dopers

Performance enhancing drugs have been in the spotlight again after former tennis world number four Guy Forget claimed he was beaten by rivals who took drugs.

Three players – Ryan Newport from the United States, Bulgarian Dimitar Kutrovsky and Italian Filippo Calorosi – are presently suspended from playing tennis for taking performance enhancing drugs and the former world number 4 believes they are not the only men on the circuit guilty of doping. Guy Forget claims he played against players who were doping by saying he has lost matches against guys who beat me with an unfair advantage because they were taking drugs and added that he can look at himself in the mirror knowing that he never took anything.

Forget added he does not feel that sport is clean and tennis is not untouched by this poisonous thing. He, however, added that this is a minority probably, but that is why Roger Federer and the other guys says we should put more money into blood test and controls because we should fight this any way we can.

Australian coach Darren Cahill, who has coached Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, said our testing program is inadequate and that’s why no-one can stand up and speak out; it’s gone backwards in recent years. Current world number one Novak Djokovic recently said the number of blood tests he has undergone has dropped in the last year and remarked he wasn’t tested with blood for last six, seven months and it was more regularly in last two, three years ago. Djokovic added he didn’t know the reason why they stopped it.

Dr. Stuart Miller, who oversees the ITF’s anti-doping program, says we can improve by introducing what is known as the athlete biological passport, which is a blood-based testing program which allows you to establish individual baseline parameters and there is a reasonably good chance that that it will be operational probably towards the end of 2013. Of Forget’s complaints, Miller said anti-doping was very different when Forget was playing as there was no such thing as the World Anti-Doping Agency, there was no list of prohibited substances that all the sports signed up to and actually tennis was one of the pioneering sports in introducing anti-doping testing back in Forget’s time.

In the late 1980s, the Men’s Tennis Council began drug testing with the focus mainly on recreational drugs and the testing was extended to include performance enhancing drugs when the ATP Tour was formed in 1990. Today, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) leads a unified Tennis Anti-Doping Program applying across all tennis events. The ITF is now thinking on the lines of introducing an athlete biological passport (ABP) which allows officials to collect and compare biological data and spot variances that suggest doping.

Meanwhile, four-time grand slam winner Maria Sharapova is confident she is competing on a level playing field and remarked she feels tennis is clean for the amount of times that we get tested throughout the year and as random as they are, definitely.

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Saturday 26, Jan 2013

  Tennis Stars Slam Disgraced Cyclist For Cheating

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Tennis Stars Slam Disgraced Cyclist For Cheating

Tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has remarked that disgraced and banned cyclist Lance Armstrong, who admitting to making use of banned substances to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles, should be made to “suffer” for his lies and cheating his sport.

The comments of Djokovic came on the day the 41-year-old Texan rider finally confessed to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The cyclist admitted that he doped throughout the height of his illustrious career to which the world’s top male tennis player said the actions of the fallen American star had shamed cycling. He went on to remark that all the titles of Lance Armstrong should be taken away as it is not fair towards any athlete and sportsman and the ways followed by the disgraced cyclist are not the ways to be successful.

Slamming the long-delayed doping admissions of Armstrong, Novak Djokovic said the seven-time Tour de France winner is a disgrace to cycling and it would be ridiculous for him to decline and refuse all the charges because it has been proven. He added that the cyclist cheated many people around the world with his career, with his life story.

Djokovic further remarked that Armstrong should suffer for his lies all these years and said he was confident in the drug testing system in tennis and had faith that the sport was clean. The defending Australian Open champion said he believes tennis players are one of the most cleanest athletes in the world in one of the most competitive sports and he has no complaints about testing as long as all can keep it that way.

Maria Sharapova, on the other hand, said Armstrong revelations are “just a really sad story, sad for that sport.” Frenchman Julien Benneteau said the cyclist was a liar and a cheat for years and he has to pay. Roger Federer said the confession of Lance Armstrong that he cheated throughout his career by using performance enhancing drugs has affected all of sport and the world’s athletes. A 17-time major winner, Federer, said he watched the first portion of the interview that Armstrong had with Oprah Winfrey. Serena Williams remarked that the cyclist has let all athletes down by doping and lying about it for so long. Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka said no one can cheat as everybody works so hard to be the best, and you have to respect that and Armstrong “deserves everything he gets.”

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) submitted its reasoned decision against the cyclist in which it accused him and the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team of running the most sophisticated, professionalized, and successful doping program that sport has ever seen. USADA included direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data, and laboratory test results along with testimony from many of the cyclist’s ex-teammates (Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters, and David Zabriskie) that revealed systemic, sustained and highly professionalized team-run doping conspiracy at the USPS Team.

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Wednesday 24, Nov 2010

  Sesil Karatantcheva took another step towards rehabilitation

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Sesil Karatantcheva took another step towards rehabilitationThe Bulgarian teenager, Sesil Karatantcheva, has taken another step towards rehabilitation after she qualified for the main draw of the Brisbane International.

Karatantcheva, one of the more colorful players on the WTA tour, defeated Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) to advance to the main draw of the season opener.

Karatantcheva said people should stop looking at the history and should look at the present as it puts a lot of pressure on players like her.

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