After she had tested positive for the drug meldonium at the Australian Open in January, Maria Sharapova ended up with a two-year ban from playing tennis. The former world No. 1 player has now officially filed an appeal against the ruling by the International Tennis Federation. If she does get this appeal ruled in her favor, this would enable her to possibly participate in the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.
Sharapova has taken her plea to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in order to have the ban lifted, or at the very least reduced, as seen in the official statement released on the TAS-CAS website posted on Tuesday. In addition, the Russian has asked for this petition to be expedited with the Olympics coming up on August 5.
“Ms. Sharapova seeks the annulment of the Tribunal’s decision to sanction her with a two-year period of ineligibility further to an anti-doping rule violation. Ms Sharapova submits that the period of ineligibility should be eliminated, or in the alternative, reduced.”