Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova on Monday agreed with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to postpone the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), to consider her challenge against a previous decision to suspend her from playing tennis for two years. (Sharapova ban a ‘sad situation’ for tennis: Caroline Wozniacki)ITF decided to ban Sharapova for two years for failing a doping test on January 26 during the Australian Open, reports Efe.CAS’s statement read that the two conflicting parties announced that there is no need to speed up the court’s consideration of Sharapova’s challenge against the ITF’s decision, and thus, the final CAS ruling will be determined on September 19.As a result, Sharapova will miss the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics in August.The Russian admitted last March that she has been taking meldonium since she was 10, while the substance was included on the banned list only last January.
Shuttler Srikanth, who had sensationally beaten Olympic champion Lin Dan two years ago in the China Open Super Series mens final, said that the aim was to win a medal and not just go out and compete.”Its a kind of dream of every sportsman to be in the Olympics. Our aim is to win the medal at the Olympics and not just go out and play,” said the Hyderabad shuttler.”As individual player everyone is playing really well. We have our own chances at the Olympics. If we can give our best there we surely have a chance,” said the world no. 11.”We have to take care of injuries. Injuries are something which can destroy any sports person. You should be careful and know your body well,” said the 23-year-old shuttler.Srikanth said coach Gopichand has been supportive since the first day he joined his academy in Hyderabad.”He is the one who shifted me to singles and who has backed me. I am here because of him,” he said.Srikanth had reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and then pulled out of the US Open to concentrate on training for the Games. PTI NRB SSR PDS PDS RDS