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Sat May 28 10:01:31 SAST 2016

Porsche suspends sponsorship of Maria Sharapova

REUTERS | 08 March, 2016 13:32
Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova.
Image by: Supplied

Luxury carmaker Porsche, a division of Volkswagen, said on Tuesday it would suspend tennis player Maria Sharapova as its brand ambassador in light of her admission that she failed a doping test.

 

The Russian 28-year-old tennis star on Monday admitted she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open due to a substance she was taking for health issues.

"We regret the current news about Maria Sharapova. Until further details emerge and we are able to analyse the situation, we have decided to suspend planned activities," Porsche said in a statement.

TAG Heuer and Nike Inc., two of her biggest sponsors, have already suspended ties with the tennis star while the case is being investigated.

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