After Nike, Porsche and Tag Heuer ended their endorsement deals with Maria Sharapova, the Russian now finds herself being left-off by the United Nations as their Goodwill Ambassador. Sharapova had been a Goodwill Ambassador for almost nine years (starting in 2007) and according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), she will not be included in any of UN’s scheduled activities until the end of investigations regarding the nature of her continued usage of Meldonium.
Since declaring about her failed drug test during the Australian Open, in the press conference held on 7th March, the ensuing reactions have seen Sharapova’s professional persona spiral downwards. Though she’s said that she wasn’t doping and it’s yet to be confirmed whether she was using the drug for enhancing her performances, many of the sport’s followers and players – both past and present –seem to be opting for a wait-and-watch approach about her using the drug even as they are calling out for her to be suitably penalised.
Currently, the five-time Grand Slam champion has been provisionally suspended by the ITF pending their investigations into the matter since 12th March. As a result of Sharapova’s announcement, allegations of doping have also been sprung upon Rafael Nadal, who’s now planning to sue the former French health and sports minister for making such claims about him.
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