The United Nations (UN) decided to suspend cooperation with the Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, who was the goodwill Ambassador of the organization for nine years. This happened due to the fact that she admitted to using banned drug of Meldonium.
The United Nations (UN) decided to suspend cooperation with the Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, who was the goodwill Ambassador of the organization for nine years. About it reports The Guardian.
"The United Nations development programme is grateful to Sharapova for her support of our work. However, in light of recent events, we decided to suspend the work of Sharapova in the role of a goodwill Ambassador and to cancel all planned activities for the period of the investigation," said a spokesman for the organization.
In its decision the UN was based on article No. 28 of the regulations on the ambassadors of goodwill and peace. It allows you to deprive a person of this status if he "noticed any activity incompatible with his status or with the purposes and principles of the UN." Sharapova participated in the activities aimed at combating poverty and social inequality.
10 March company producing sports equipment Head said the desire to extend the contract with Sharapova. The company noted for the bravery and honesty of female athletes. On 8 March the German carmaker Porsche announced the suspension of cooperation with Sharapova. So did the Swiss watch company TAG Heuer and the American brand of sportswear and footwear Nike.
7 March athlete admitted in the use of illicit drug Meldonium. The first hearing on her case will take place on 23 March. She faces disqualification for up to four years.