Shara­pova to re­turn; dop­ing ban re­duced

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Maria Shara­pova will be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn to tennis in April af­ter her ban was re­duced to 15 months on Tues­day by court that found the Rus­sian star bore no “sig­nif­i­cant fault” for her pos­i­tive drug test.

Maria Shara­pova will be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn to com­pet­i­tive tennis in April af­ter her two-year dop­ing ban was re­duced to 15 months on Tues­day by a sports court that found the Rus­sian star bore no “sig­nif­i­cant fault” for her pos­i­tive drug test and did not in­tend to cheat.

The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport cut nine months off the sus­pen­sion im­posed on Shara­pova, who tested pos­i­tive for the banned heart med­i­ca­tion mel­do­nium at the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary.

Shara­pova, a five-time Grand Slam cham­pion and for­mer No. 1-ranked player, ap­pealed to CAS in June seek­ing to over­turn or re­duce the two-year penalty im­posed by the In­ter­na­tional Tennis Fed­er­a­tion.

In a 28-page rul­ing , the CAS panel found that Shara­pova bore “some de­gree of fault” but “less than sig­nif­i­cant fault” in the case that has side­lined one of the world’s most prom­i­nent and wealthy fe­male ath­letes.

“The panel has de­ter­mined, un­der the to­tal­ity of the cir­cum­stances, that a sanc­tion of 15 months is ap­pro­pri­ate here given her de­gree of fault,” the three-man ar­bi­tra­tion body ruled.

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