Maria Sharapova Included In Russia's Rio 2016 Olympics Squad

Updated: 26 May 2016 14:47 IST

Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavliuchenkova, and Darya Kasatkina were named in the Russian women's singles team for the Rio Olympics

Maria Sharapova Included In Russia
Maria Sharapova on Tuesday launched a line of gourmet chocolates, following the success of her sweets brand, which she had launched in 2012. © AFP

Moscow:

The Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) has named dope offender and suspended star Maria Sharapova among four tennis players, who will compete in women's singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Apart from Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavliuchenkova, and Darya Kasatkina were named, reports Tass.

The regulations for the Games say countries can enter four women players having the biggest points in international ratings.

However, there is still uncertainty about Sharapova's participation.

Sharapova was suspended from competitions as of March 12 after testing positive for banned substance 'Meldonium' and the International Tennis Federation has not considered her case yet.

The president of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpishchev, earlier said the issue of endorsing her participation in Rio would be decided during the French Open.

Russia are expected to apply for her participation in the Games before June 6 and it is important to understand now if there will be an opportunity to put another player into the list of competitors if Sharapova is not permitted to perform at the Games.

If substitution is possible, then Sharapova will be replaced by Yekaterian Maksimova, No. 5 in the ratings among Russian women players.

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Highlights
  • Russia name Sharapova in squad for Rio Olympics
  • Sharapova was suspended on March 12 after testing positive for meldonium
  • The International Tennis Federation has not considered her case yet
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