Roger Federer Backs Maria Sharapova’s Ban, Says No vicinity For Drug Cheats

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Maria Sharapova won’t have obtained the backing of Roger Federer but bottled water manufacturer Evianhave become the contemporary sponsor to stand by using the Russian despite her ban.
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Federer backs Sharapova’s doping ban
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Federer said there should be “zero tolerance” stance in opposition to doping
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Sharapova was banned by means of the ITF for 2 years on Wednesday
Stuttgart: Maria Sharapova was banned for 2 years on Wednesday and obtained no sympathy from fellow tennis superstar Roger Federer, who on Thursday said he backs a “0 tolerance” stance in opposition todoping.
Russian celebrity Sharapova became exceeded a yr doping ban on Wednesday after testingadvantageous for the banned medicinal drug meldonium at January’s Australian Open.
The 29-yearantique admitted in March that she definitely hadn’t realised meldonium, which becamedelivered to the arena Anti-Doping organization‘s banned substance list in January, changed into no longer authorized — she were taking the medication for 10 years.
“I handiest heard the headlines, I failed to pretty get into all of the info but to me it is about zerotolerance,” said Federer after his 6-4, five-7, 6-4 victory over Taylor Fritz at the Stuttgart Open on Thursday.
“It does not depend in the event that they did it on motive or now not — I do not surely see thedifference. You want to recognise what is going into your body, you have to be a hundred percentagecertain of what’s occurring, if you‘re now not, you’re gong to be damned.
“Of path she’s got the proper to combat the case, like everybody else as nicely. i’m just for zerotolerance.
“I stay through my phrase that we ought to be saving blood samples for 10, 15, 20 future years, so that you have to scare away the folks that think they might cheat.
you have to scare them so they may no longer do it, so they might retroactively additionally be banned, and dispose of titles and so forth.”
in the meantime, bottled water manufacturer Evian have become the state-of-the-art sponsor to standthrough Sharapova in spite of her ban.
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