TENNIS STAR MARIA SHARAPOVA TO MISS NEXT MONTH’S RIO OLYMPICS

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will miss the next month’s Rio Olympics after her appeal against an International Tennis Federation drugs ban was been postponed until September.The 29-year-old Russian tested positive for the banned medication Meldonium during January’s Australian open, in a severe blow to her reputation.
The original ruling was expected by July 18th, with Sharapova hoping that a successful appeal would have allowed her to spearhead the Russian tennis team in Rio.

Russia’s participation at the games, which begin on August 5th, is already under fierce scrutiny after its track and field team was banned for state-sponsored doping.
The Russian Tennis Federation Chief said Sharapova’s absence in Rio would badly dent their medal hopes.