“The UNDP is glad to learn that Maria Sharapova can return to the sport she loves sooner than expected and we will lift the suspension of her role as our goodwill ambassador once the reduced ban expires,” read a statement released by the UN.
Five-times grand slam champion Sharapova became an ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2007, but was dropped in March 2016 after admitting she had used the banned substance meldonium.
Sharapova’s work with the UN focused mainly on helping survivors of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
The United States-based Russian was originally banished from the sport for two years, a suspension that was later cut to 15 months.She will return to action in time to contest three of the four grand slams next year, missing only the Australian Open. -Reuters
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