Maria Sharapova appeals to reduce her penalty—Pokhara: Tennis star Maria Sharapova has appealed to slash her penalty that she is going to face as she used prohibited drug. Russian Sharapova filed a request to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The appeal filed asking for the suspension to be either annulled or, alternatively, significantly reduced. Sharapova case will be heard in coming month. Sharapova was tested positive of having meldonium at a time of January’s Australian Open. She was suspended by the International Tennis Federation.

Sharapova said in her appeal that her ban should be eliminated or reduced. The winner of five majors, former world No. 1, she says she has been taking meldonium, a heart disease drug, since 2006 for health issues.

Published on: June 17, 2016 3:32 pm

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