The Russian tennis star, Maria Sharapova sent shockwaves through the sporting world, after admitting that she failed a drug test before this year’s Australian Open.
The drug, that this tennis beauty had been using for quite some time, was banned earlier this year, in January by The World Anti-Doping Agency. Masha revealed that she did receive an e-mail from WADA linking to information that meldonium would be baneed ahead of the 2016 season. She however failed to read the information at that time.
Her fans and people across the world are deeply saddened, as one of the most iconic figures of women’s tennis has been provisionally banned from the game. While brands like Nike decided to suspend their deal with the Russian, support has poured in from all sections of the society after an honest and courageous announcement Masha made. To the delight of all the people, Sharapova made it clear that she has no intentions of retiring this way.
Social media was full of reactions that were mostly sympathetic towards the Russian and praised her for this gutsy revelation.
Here’s how the world reacted to this shocking and unfortunate incident
Nike and Tag Heuer cut ties with Maria Sharapova https://t.co/FUegBvN0Dk
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 8, 2016
Very disappointed waking up to hear the news about @MariaSharapova …
— Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) March 8, 2016
This Women's Day, the real woman of substance is Maria Sharapova.
— Sahil Shah 🇮🇳 (@SahilBulla) March 8, 2016
Somebody asked Maria Sharapova to give a message of hope for #InternationalWomensDay . Apparently there was a typographical error.
— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) March 8, 2016
— Peter Lattman (@peterlattman) March 8, 2016
@MariaSharapova handled today like a true champion. Very classy of her after an honest mistake
— Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) March 8, 2016
Maria Sharapova's greatest liability isn't Nike or any other company she now endorses, it's to her own name which could have a 30+ year run
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 8, 2016
Tough one for Maria Sharapova but she will recover. It might take a while, but if she keeps battles, she will will return
— Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) March 7, 2016
— Etan Thomas (@etanthomas36) March 7, 2016
I don't think it's normal for elite athletes to be on lifelong prescription drugs. It may be regular but it's not normal. #Sharapova
— Jodie Cunnama (@jodiecunnama) March 8, 2016
— Roflindian (@Roflindian) March 8, 2016
Quite a press conference from #Sharapova. Takes full responsibility. Impressive… in a weird way. You know what I mean.
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 7, 2016
We shouldn't be persecuting #sharapova. We should erect monuments to her bravery overcoming cardiac problems for 10yrs.Hollywood movie stuff
— Ross Tucker (@Scienceofsport) March 7, 2016
That might explain all the grunting.#sharapova
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 7, 2016
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