VIENNA (CBSNewYork/AP) — Maria Sharapova’s racket supplier reinforced its support of the five-time Grand Slam champion, one day after she was banned for two years for doping.
On Wednesday, Head CEO Johan Eliasch called the suspension imposed by an ITF anti-doping tribunal “a flawed decision,” repeating his comment that the substance Sharapova tested positive for, meldonium, shouldn’t be on WADA’s banned list because of a lack of scientific evidence for its supposed performance-enhancing effect.READ MORE: CBS2 Spotlight: Brooklyn Sisters Behind 'Ladies Of Skyy' Still Spreading Love And Happiness For Fans
Eliasch said his company “will continue to stand by Miss Sharapova.”
Earlier, Nike also announced its continued support for Sharapova after initially putting their long-term deal on hold in March, when she revealed she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January.READ MORE: NYC Teachers Union Concerned About Potential Staffing Issues As Vaccine Deadline Approaches
The sportswear giant said in a statement Wednesday: “We hope to see Maria back on court.”
Sharapova has said she will appeal the suspension.MORE NEWS: Tony Awards Take On New Meaning As Broadway Stages Big Comeback
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