"I'm sorry - that is a big mistake" - Ex-WADA chairman Dick Pound reacts strongly to Sharapova claim

He touches on her statement that she missed emails

BY Newstalk 19:58 Tuesday 8 March 2016, 19:58 8 Mar 2016

Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after losing a point to Serena Williams of the United States during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Former head of the World-Anti-Doping Agency Dick Pound says Maria Sharapova's claim she missed emails about rule changes won't work in her defence after failing a drugs test.

The former world number one says the substance found in her sample is from medicine she has been taking for years.

It was only put on the banned list in January.

Pound says the fact it has been used for health reasons might mean a less severe punishment, but is less sympathetic when it comes to the claim of Sharapova not knowing about the rule change as he told BBC Sport.

"Leaving aside the fact you're running an $30million annual business, which becomes eligible on you being able to play tennis, and you're taking something that's on a list that you've known about for four months? I'm sorry - that is a big mistake," he said.

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