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LONDON (Reuters) The International Tennis Federation (ITF) hit back on Thursday at criticism over its handling of Maria Sharapova drugs ban for meldonium.
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The administrator of the Tennis Anti Doping Programme denied it had sought a four year ban for the former world number one and, in a statement, rejected suggestions by the Russian that its independent tribunal was neutral
The ITF also emphasised it had not known, prior to this year when the drug was put on the cheap Canada Goose banned list, that meldonium was in common use by eastern European athletes.
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The 29 year old buy canada goose jacket said then that other sports federations had been more effective at communicating with athletes and hoped the canada goose deals ITF would take note.
Her lawyer John Haggerty described the ITF procedure for relaying rule changes as a and day difference to the and direct warnings from others canadagoose-coats .
ITF did not try to ban canada goose replica Ms. Sharapova for four years, canada goose clearance sale as has been suggested, the tennis governing body said. ITF stated clearly that it was the responsibility of the Independent Tribunal and subsequently the CAS Panel to determine what the appropriate sanction should be.
Sharapova has stated that the Independent Tribunal was neutral canada goose it added canada goose uk .
Sharapova legal team was given the opportunity to object to the appointment of any member of that Tribunal in Order altace ramipril advance of the hearing, and canada goose outlet toronto factory they agreed Canada Goose Jackets in writing that Canada Goose Outlet they had no such objection.
The ITF believed it canada goose black friday sale had taken appropriate steps to publicise changes to the prohibited list and it was true to say that 2018 canada goose outlet it was aware of widespread use of meldonium in Eastern Europe and should have canada goose coats given specific notice.
fact, it was accepted by Ms. Sharapova in the hearing before CAS that the ITF did not know before 2016 about the extent to which meldonium was used by Canada Goose online athletes from any region, or that Ms. Sharapova herself was using meldonium, it said.
The ITF pointed out that the WADA monitoring programme is conducted anonymously and WADA not inform any Canada Goose sale anti doping organisation about the prevalence of such use until it publishes buy canada goose jacket cheap the results of the canada goose clearance monitoring programme.