UN Suspends Sharapova as Goodwill Ambassador

In this File Photo,Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts during the Fed Cup tennis match between Russia and Netherlands in Moscow, Russia. Sharapova tested positive for meldonium, which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list on January 1 | AP

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has suspended Maria Sharapova as a goodwill ambassador after she failed a drug test at the Australian Open, the latest fall from grace for the Russian tennis star.

Sharapova had been a goodwill ambassador for the UN Development Programme for the past nine years, and had been active in helping recovery efforts after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

“The United Nations Development Programme remains grateful to Maria Sharapova for her support of our work, especially around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster recovery,” said a spokesperson.”However, in light of Ms. Sharapova’s recent announcement, we last week suspended her role as a Goodwill Ambassador and any planned activities while the investigation continues.”

“We wish Ms. Sharapova the best,” she added.Former world number one Sharapova announced last week that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January.

-more at The New Indian Express

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