Company manufacturing sports apparel, footwear and equipment, Nike has suspended the contract with Maria Sharapova. Monday night the Russian tennis player has reported that during the Open championship of Australia on tennis she had taken a positive doping test.
“We are saddened and surprised by the news about Maria Sharapova. We decided to suspend relations with Mary until the investigation is complete. We continue to monitor the situation”, — said in a statement Nike (quoted by CNBC).
In addition to Nike, Sharapova collaborates with companies such as Samsung, Avon Products, Tag Heuer International SA, Evian and others. Their representatives have not commented on the situation with a positive breakout athletes.
According to Bloomberg, because of a problematic doping test Sharapova in the near future may lose $298 thousand, the same amount she received as a prize for participation in the Australian Open (Australian Open). At this tournament the Russian also reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to American Serena Williams.
In June 2015 Sharapova 11th year in a row was recognized as the most wealthy athlete according to Forbes. According to the journal, in the past prior to this year, she earned $29.7 million While only $6.7 million of them amounted to prize-winning for participation in tournaments. Advertising contracts brought the player $23 million.
On Monday, the athlete has announced that in her sample was found Meldonium. According to Sharapova, she was taking this drug for the past 10 years. However, from 1 January this year the drug was banned, I didn’t know. On December 22 I received an email from WADA, which reported the changes made to the list of prohibited substances. On the link to hear how this list looks, but I clicked on it,” explained the Russian.
Tennis player stressed that she “made a huge mistake”, and took responsibility for the incident on themselves. Sharapova expressed hope that it “would thus terminate his career”. “I really hope I get another chance to continue to play this game,” she said.