SportsWear manufacturing giant Nike have suspended Maria Sharapova’s $50m deal after the Russian athlete admitted to using a banned drug.
The WTA ranked World No. 7 admitted in her press conference yesterday that she had been using performance enhancer drug meldonium for the last 10 years as part of a doctor’s prescription for health issues and didn’t know it was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in December.
In a statement, Nike said:
“We are saddened and surprised by the news about Maria Sharapova. “We have decided to suspend our relationship with Maria while the investigation continues. We will continue to monitor the situation.”