It’s a bad news for Sharapova fans, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) put back its decision on the two-year doping ban for the Russian Tennis Superstar Maria Sharapova for two months to September, ruling the athlete out of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
The doping ban came out after Sharapova tested positive for the banned medication called Meldonium during January’s Australian Open, that really blown up her sports career.
According to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, the camp of Russian player and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) both agreed to defer the CAS decision until September.
The court said the postponement of decision was because of requirements for additional time for both parties in order to complete and answer to their respective evidentiary submissions, and several scheduling conflicts.
CAS said the ruling is expected to be missed in September 19, 2016, defer from the original ruling schedule by July 18.
The news has a negative impact for Russia, which they will compete for the Olympics in August 5-22, the team has already under fierce scrutiny after its track and field team was named for separate state-sponsored doping.
Russian Tennis Federation chief Shamil Tarpishchev said the absence of Sharapova would badly affect their medal performances on the upcoming sports tournament.
Meldonium was included to the World anti-doping WADA list on January 1, the Russian player said she had been taking the substance for almost 10 years to help treat illnesses, a heart issue and a magnesium deficiency.
Sharapova won US Open in 2016, the Australian Open in 2008 and the French Open in 2012 and 2014.
The tennis superstar has 35 WTA singles titles and huge career earnings of about $36 million.