Maria Sharapova..

13 Mar

“To My Fans:

I want to reach out to you to share some information, discuss the latest news, and let you know that there have been things that have been reported wrong in the media, and I am determined to fight back.

You have shown me a tremendous outpouring of support, and I’m so grateful for it. But I have also been aware that some – not all, but some – in the media distort, exaggerate and fail to accurately report the facts about what happened.

A report said that I had been warned five times about the upcoming ban on the medicine I was taking. That is not true and it never happened.

That’s a distortion of the actual “communications” which were provided or simply posted onto a webpage.

I make no excuses for not knowing about the ban. I already told you about the December 22, 2015 email I received. Its subject line was “Main Changes to the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme for 2016.” I should have paid more attention to it.

But the other “communications”? They were buried in newsletters, websites, or handouts.

On December 18, I received an email with the subject line “Player News” on it. It contained a newsletter on a website that contained tons of information about travel, upcoming tournaments, rankings, statistics, bulletin board notices, happy birthday wishes, and yes, anti-doping information. On that email, if a player wanted to find the specific facts about medicine added to the anti-doping list, it was necessary to open the “Player News” email, read through about a dozen unrelated links, find the “Player Zone” link, enter a password, enter a username, read a home screen with more than three dozen different links covering multiple topics, find the “2016 Changes to Tennis Anti-Doping Program and Information” link, click on it and then read a page with approximately three dozen more links covering multiple anti-doping matters. Then you had to click the correct link, open it up, scroll down to page two and that’s where you would find a different name for the medication I was taking.

In other words, in order to be aware of this “warning”, you had to open an email with a subject line having nothing to do with anti-doping, click on a webpage, enter a password, enter a username, hunt, click, hunt, click, hunt, click, scroll and read. I guess some in the media can call that a warning. I think most people would call it too hard to find.

There was also a “wallet card” distributed at various tournaments at the beginning of 2016, after the ban went into effect. This document had thousands of words on it, many of them technical, in small print. Should I have studied it? Yes. But if you saw this document (attached), you would know what I mean.

Again, no excuses, but it’s wrong to say I was warned five times.

There was also a headline that said, “4-6 Weeks Normal Treatment for Drug in Maria Sharapova Case.” That headline has been repeated by many reporters who fail to tell their viewers and readers what the rest of the story says. The story quotes the manufacturer of my medicine as saying: “Treatment course can be repeated twice or thrice a year. Only physicians can follow and evaluate patient’s health condition and state whether the patient should use meldonium for a longer period of time.”

That’s exactly what I did. I didn’t take the medicine every day. I took it the way my doctor recommended I take it and I took it in the low doses recommended.

I’m proud of how I have played the game. I have been honest and upfront. I won’t pretend to be injured so I can hide the truth about my testing.

I look forward to the ITF hearing at which time they will receive my detailed medical records.

I hope I will be allowed to play again. But no matter what, I want you, my fans, to know the truth and have the facts.

– Maria ”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/sharapova/posts/10153282306932680

I am inclined to believe Maria Sharapova because had seen a WTA video  on social media asking players about new year resolution’s and Maria Sharapova had replied ” To answer less emails as she get’s too many of them .” It seems prophetic now. To that accord. I believe it could just be negligence to open a email about new doping list.  It seems stunning given the consequences and standing in sport. Maria Sharapova is a brilliant champion and one of the modern greats of tennis. Iam a fan and always liked her game and  fighting qualities. She could not surpass Serena but she always gave her best and the fierce will & single minded game  was always on display. I wonder what her team was doing….

I guess we all have ups and downs in life. We all make mistakes. Nobody at her stage will make a willful mistake for two reasons : she doesn’t have to and stakes are too high. Every one knows her commercial value and endorsements. Why would she risk it all ? I guess it’s a human mistake and negligence..

One develops depth and wisdom only after challenges and suffering.She has accepted the mistake. There will be consequences and am sure Maria Sharapova will emerge a stronger and better person. Everything in life happens for the ultimate good is my firm belief. Otherwise why would it happen. Will she return to tennis ? let us hope so and if not she  still has a great life and career as a entrepreneur. I am sure she will do well.

Life is very unpredictable. We can never predict the future. I am sure we will  hear  from Maria Sharapova. Champions don’t quit. They don’t become champions just like that and if not this turf may be some other arena. I am a Maria Sharapova fan and have done few blog posts on her as find her story and single minded pursuit of excellence amazing. This is sad but eventually its all for good. Maria sharapova deserves our compassion for the years of excellence on court.

I hope it works out well for Maria Sharapova.

This for today! I also struggle with emails and too many subscriptions. I waste half an hour every morning trying to read them and need to get less emails. Have a easy sunday dear friends!

Love, Suresh

 

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