Maria Sharapova 'reckless beyond description', says former WADA boss Dick Pound

Montreal: Maria Sharapova failing an Australian Open dope test for a substance banned only weeks before was 'reckless beyond description' former World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Dick Pound told the BBC.

Dick Pound and Maria Sharapova. Pics/AFP
Dick Pound and Maria Sharapova. Pics/AFP

"Running a $30 million business depends on you staying eligible to play tennis," said Pound, the WADA boss from 1999 through 2007.

Sharapova said she didn't know that the drug she was taking had been added to WADA's list this January.

"If there is any change to the list, the notice is given on 30 September prior to the change. You have October, November, December to get off what you're doing. Of course she should have known," added Pound.

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