The International Tennis Federation (ITF) reported on its website on Wednesday that Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has been suspended for two years for breaching anti-doping rules. Sharapova said she would file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), ESPN reported.
"The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance enhancing substance," she said. "I have missed playing tennis and I have missed my amazing fans, who are the best and most loyal fans in the world.(...) I will fight to be back on the tennis court as soon as possible," she added. The Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) will grant all the necessary support for Maria Sharapova if she decided to file an appeal against her two-year suspension, imposed earlier in the day over anti-doping violations, RTF President Shamil Tarpishchev told to the media. He believes that it is possible to reduce the term of the suspension. Sharapova has some U.S. lawyers. Russian tennis player Ekaterina Makarova will replace her compatriot Maria Sharapova at the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil.