Oc­to­ber ver­dict for dop­ing Shara­pova

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LAUSANNE - A de­ci­sion on for­mer world No 1 ten­nis player Maria Shara­pova’s ap­peal against a twoyear dop­ing ban will be is­sued in the first week of next month, the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport said yes­ter­day. Five-times grand slam win­ner Shara­pova, 29, was banned by the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITF) in June fol­low­ing a pos­i­tive test for the banned drug mel­do­nium dur­ing Jan­uary’s Aus­tralian Open. Shara­pova was named in Rus­sia’s of­fi­cial en­try list for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but the CAS de­cided in July to de­fer its de­ci­sion on her ap­peal against the ban. Shara­pova is seek­ing to have her sus­pen­sion, which was handed down by the ITF in June, wiped out or re­duced. She had called the ITF’s rul­ing “un­fairly harsh” as an in­de­pen­dent tri­bunal had found that she had not in­ten­tion­ally vi­o­lated an­ti­dop­ing rules. Mel­do­nium was added to World An­ti­dop­ing Agency’s list of banned sub­stances at the start of the year af­ter mount­ing ev­i­dence that it boosted blood per­for­mance.

Mean­while, For­mer ten­nis cham­pion and con­victed child rapist Bob He­witt on Mon­day had an ap­peal to have his six-year jail term re­duced by South Africa’s Con­sti­tu­tional Court re­jected, me­dia re­ported.

The Aus­tralian-born 76-year-old had turned to the high­est court in the coun­try af­ter an ini­tial ap­peal to the Supreme Court of Ap­peal in June.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports the Con­sti­tu­tional Court ruled his ap­peal “had no chance of suc­cess”.

He­witt, who has been out on bail, will shortly be sent to pri­son to serve his sen­tence.

The for­mer mul­ti­ple Gram Slam dou­bles cham­pion was con­victed in May 2015 of rap­ing two girls aged 12 and 13 in the early 1980s, and of in­de­cently as­sault­ing a 17-year-old girl in 1994. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges. He­witt who was born in Dubbo, Aus­tralia has lived in South Africa for most of his life.

His name was re­moved from the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Hall of Fame af­ter a series of sex­ual abuse al­le­ga­tions against him sur­faced in 2013.— Sport24. flow and en­hanced ath­letic

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