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    President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie must apologize before Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova after comments on her earnings, Sharapova's lawyer said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Reedie said that Sharapova will make more than the whole of WADA's budget in just one year.

    "The statement made today by the WADA president is unprofessional. Justice, whether in the eyes of WADA or a court, must be blind, including being blind to a player's earnings," Sharapova's lawyer John Haggerty said.

    Reedie's comments came amid doping scandal surrounding Sharapova. She was suspended from competing in March after admitting she had tested positive for meldonium, a metabolic modulator included in the WADA's Prohibited List, at the Australian Open in January.

    On June 8, the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Independent Tribunal announced Sharapova would be suspended for two years from participating in tennis competitions, counting from January 26, 2016. She filed an appeal and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it would make a decision on appeal by Sharapova not later than July 18.

    Russia's Maria Sharapova poses with the Suzanne Lenglen trophy in Paris on June 8, 2014 a day after winning the Roland Garros French Tennis Open
    © AFP 2021 / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD
    Russia's Maria Sharapova poses with the Suzanne Lenglen trophy in Paris on June 8, 2014 a day after winning the Roland Garros French Tennis Open

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    Court of Arbitration for Sport, International Tennis Federation (ITF), WADA, Maria Sharapova
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