Maria Sharapova suspended as United Nations ambassador

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Photo credit: BBC

Maria Sharapova has been suspended as a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations after her failed drug test at this year’s Australian Open. The tennis star, tested positive for meldonium and has been provisionally suspended from 12 March.

According to the United Nations Development Programme website, Sharapova has been suspended from “any planned activities while the investigation continues,” she has held the role since 2007 and a UNDP spokesperson added it “remains grateful for her support of our work”. The organisation “works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion”.


Sportswear company Nike, Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer and German carmaker Porsche had already halted their relationships with Sharapova.

Source: BBC Sports

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