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Maria Sharapova speaks to the media announcing a failed drug test after the Australian Open during a press conference in March

Doping scandal

United Nations suspends Maria Sharapova as Goodwill Ambassador over doping

March 15, 2016

The United Nations has suspended tennis star Maria Sharapova from working with the organization just weeks after Sharapova announced she had failed multiple drug tests ahead of the Australian Open. Sharapova had worked as a Goodwill Ambassador with the UN’s Development Program and called it one of her “proudest contracts ever,” according to CNN. The 28-year-old admitted that she tested positive for the cardiac drug meldonium in January. Nike, Tag Heuer, and Porsche all suspended their sponsorships of the Russian tennis star following her announcement.

Sharapova, who is worth an estimated $195 million, focused her UN work on victims of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, including a $100,000 donation to young survivors of the accident upon her appointment as Goodwill Ambassador in 2007. Sharapova’s family lived not far from Chernobyl, in Gomel. But the U.N. has strict guidelines for its Goodwill Ambassadors, who must “possess the personality and dignity required for such high-level representative capacity,” according to the report.

Read the full story at CNN.


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