28 year-old Russian was appointed to the position in 2007, but has been asked to step down until her case has been fully investigated and heard by an independent tribunal. Sharapova tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open and has been provisionally suspended from tennis pending an independent panel ruling on the case. She had started the role with the UN Development Programme in 2007, with a special focus on helping with the recovery efforts after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Meldonium aDrug was placed on World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list on January1.
- Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 7 by the Women’s Tennis Association.
- She has won four grand slam titles under her belt.
- Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 7 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
2- Which tennis player suspended as goodwill ambassador after doping allegations?