Jun 22, 2016

    Wada chief slammed for Sharapova salary comment

    MARIA Sharapova's lawyer has blasted World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) chief Craig Reedie for making remarks about the five-time Grand Slam champion at a conference in London on Monday and said the Russian tennis player was owed an apology.

    The criticism came in a statement by her management company, IMG, after Mr Reedie commented at a Wada conference on Sharapova.

    She is serving a two-year ban after testing positive

    for the prohibited

    substance meldonium.

    "For me, the only satisfactory element in Madame Sharapova's case was that in one year she can earn more money than the whole of Wada's budget

    put together," he said.

    Mr Reedie made his comments relating to Sharapova as he was making a call for more governments and TV broadcasters to pitch in extra money to Wada's campaign for clean sport.

    Sharapova's lawyer, John Haggerty, took exception to the comments, which he called unprofessional.

    "Justice, whether in the eyes of Wada or a court, must be blind, including being blind to a player's earnings," Mr Haggerty said.

    "Mr Reedie owes an apology to Maria and to all successful tennis players unless he wants fans to think Wada has different standards for players depending on their ranking and earnings."

    Wada told Reuters that Mr Reedie's comments were made in the context of a debate on further funding for clean sport and drew comparisons between Wada's annual budget

    and the earning of

    various sportsmen and sportswomen.

    Wada said last week it would not file an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after reviewing the ruling on Sharapova's two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation.