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Nike Stands By Maria Sharapova Despite Two-Year Drug Ban

Despite the International Tennis Federation (ITF) tribunal handing Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova a two-year ban from the sport for failing a drugs test, Sportswear giant Nike have decided to stand by her and have renewed their deal with Sharapova.

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An ITF statement yesterday concluded Sharapova didn’t intentionally violate doping regulations by taking meldonium – the illegal drug she tested positive for – and Nike used that as their justification to resume their sponsorship deal with Sharapova, which they suspended in March when news of her failed drugs test emerged.
A Nike statement said: “The ITF tribunal has found that Maria did not intentionally break its rules. Maria has always made her position clear, has apologised for her mistake and is now appealing the length of the ban.
“Based on the decision of the ITF and their factual findings, we hope to see Maria back on court and will continue to partner with her.”
Sports equipment manufacturer Head, who provide Sharapova’s rackets, have also decided to stand by the 29-year-old.
Sharapova confirmed on Facebook that she will contest her ban.
She wrote: “Today with their decision of a two year suspension, the ITF tribunal unanimously concluded that what I did was not intentional. The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance enhancing substance.

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  1. koleex says


  2. Mosabic says

    They gave her hope

  3. Sharks says

    So nice of them

  4. Tosin says

    Hope keh? Its luch sha.. It been long messi also became their ambassador

  5. renewed says

    Hmm,wetn she go do,she nogo kill her self nw

  6. Pelumi says

    good news

  7. Deji says

    Their wahala

  8. Abu says

    With benefits

  9. olan says

    Hmm this serious

  10. blackbones says

    Get back to tennis soon jor

  11. Sammie says

    ah sorry for her. .

  12. TRHYME says

    still with drug she cannt beat serena

  13. amazing says

    They tried for her

  14. BEN10 says


  15. abbey says

    Thanks to Nike

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