During the day of yesterday Maria Sharapova announced that he had tested positive in a doping control at the last Australian Open. The Russian tennis player, winner of five titles at the Grand Slam, was also linked to the world of motor, already has been serving as an ambassador for Porsche in recent years. Faced with such a scandal, the brand from Stuttgart has decided to suspend the sponsorship with this athlete.
The release of Porsche said: “we Regret the news about Maria Sharapova. We have studied the situation and until that is clarified all the details, we have decided to suspend all planned activities”. The positive of the tennis has been by meldonium, a drug that had been included in the list of prohibited substances of the World Association of anti-Doping (WADA), the past 1 January 2016.
Maria Sharapova declared that from 10 years ago took the drug Mildronate (which contains meldonium), prescribed by your family doctor. Up until this year had been legal, but the AMA decided to ban this substance and notify you by e-mail to the athletes. The Russian was saddened to have missed the notification and assumed “all responsibility”.
Although it has not yet been a penalty, Porsche has moved tab quickly desligándose of the player to avoid tarnish your brand image. In the same way they have done other sponsors as Nike and Tag Heuer, who have also suspended their contracts with Sharapova. She, however, has made it clear that at the moment has no intention of retiring from professional tennis
Source – Porsche