Maria Sharapova's ban reduced to 15 months and she claims she's a victim... but she is still just a drugs cheat
This was not a victory for anyone, and nor is Maria Sharapova a victim of anything. Despite the various spins being put on the decision to reduce her doping violation ban from two years to 15 months, it is no cause for celebration in any quarter of the tennis world.
None of the parties involved in the sport’s highest profile episode emerge from it with much credit. The most positive sense would be one of relief — for Sharapova that she can resume her primary career, and for the game’s authorities that it is over, at least until she returns next spring.
There were undertones of victory and... read more
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