Sus­pended Sharapova named on Rus­sian Olympic team

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

MOSCOW—Rus­sia have in­cluded Maria Sharapova in their Olympic ten­nis team de­spite tion at the Olympic Games should be re­solved,” Shamil Tarpis­chev, the head of Rus­sia’s ten­nis fed­er­a­tion, told R-Sport news agency.

“She has been put on our Olympic ap­pli­ca­tion. It has to be sub­mit­ted by June 6.”

Sharapova, who won sil­ver at the 2012 Lon­don Olympics, was sus­pended in March af­ter she ad­mit­ted she had tested pos­i­tive for mel­do­nium at the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary.

Since then, a string of high pro­file Rus­sian ath­letes—in­clud­ing Olympic swim­mer Yu­lia Efi­mova—also tested pos­i­tive for mel­do­nium.

But the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA), which had only banned the Lat­vian­made drug from Jan­uary 1, said in April that ath­letes could es­cape a ban for tak­ing mel­do­nium be­cause of un­cer­tainty about how long it takes for the sub­stance to leave the body.

Many ath­letes who had been sus­pended for test­ing pos­i­tive for mel­do­nium have since been ab­solved.

In April, the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITF) said that Sharapova’s case would be heard in ac­cor­dance with WADA’s rec­om­men­da­tions on how to deal with cases in­volv­ing mel­do­nium.

Rus­sia is poised to send its four high­es­tranked play­ers to com­pete in the sin­gles event at the Rio Olympics, which as of Mon­day were Sharapova, Svet­lana Kuznetsova, Anas­ta­sia Pav­lyuchenkova and Eka­te­rina Makarova. safe drink­ing wa­ter and other ba­sic needs to drought-hit people in Thar.

Di­rec­tor of Iris Event Artistry and Plar, Bi­lal Sid­diqi re­vealed this while talk­ing to APP on Thurs­day.

The event is be­ing jointly or­ga­nized by Iris Event Artistry and Plar and Habib Bank Lim­ited (HBL).Around 3-4 ex­hi­bi­tion fights would be held be­tween Bri­tish and Ir­ish Box­ers, Sid­diqui added.

Ear­lier, a Meet and Greet event would be held at Dol­men Mall Karachi on May 31 which would be open for pub­lic where the people can meet and greet Bri­tish Boxer Amir Khan, he added. It will be fol­lowed by Pub­lic Work­out pro­gramme that would be held at Frere Hall, Karachi on June 1 where en­try fee would be Rs 800 per per­son, he added.

Pres­i­dent Pak­istan Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (PBF), Dodo Khan Bhutto said,” Amir Khan has sent a re­quest to PBF for is­suance of No Ob­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cate (NOC) to hold fund-rais­ing ex­hi­bi­tion fights and we have is­sued the same”, he said.—APP

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