(REUTERS) – Maria Sharapova said yesterday she remains fully committed to making a successful comeback from her doping ban following a decision by the French Open to deny her a wild card entry.Sharapova was widely expected to be fast-tracked into the year’s second grand slam tournament, which she has won twice, but the French Tennis Federation (FFT) took the unexpected decision on Tuesday to refuse her entry.“If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, every day,” Sharapova said on Twitter yesterday.“No words, games, or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”Sharapova’s return from a 15-month ban has split opinion in tennis circles, with some players arguing she is being given special treatment after receiving wild cards for tournaments in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome.Accepting the decision to bar her from the French Open without rancour would give the Russian a chance to rise above the furore, according to former world number three Pam Shriver.Shriver said Sharapova needed to come to terms with what had happened and turn her attention to preparing for Wimbledon, where she is already one of the bookmakers’ favourites for the title.“She’s smart and savvy,” Shriver, who won 21 grand slam women’s doubles titles, said on ESPN. “She needs to take a step back and reconcile that her return to major tennis is going to have to wait and not be bitter about it.“It’s a chance to be above it all and complimentary.”Sharapova tested positive for heart disease drug meldonium at last year’s Australian Open.The Russian said she had taken the drug “legally” throughout her career to treat medical conditions and had not realised it had been added to WADA’s banned list a few weeks before the tournament began.She was initially banned for two years but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the suspension to 15 months on appeal after finding she was not an “intentional doper” .The five-time Grand Slam champion, one of the sport’s biggest names, is guaranteed a place in the Wimbledon qualifying event but will need a wild card to get straight into the main draw at the All England Club.
…as 8 schools participate in friendly performanceEight schools from across Guyana on Sunday participated in a friendly steel band presentation called “AMITY” at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown.A section of the students who participated in the friendly steel band presentation called “AMITY” at the Botanical Gardens, GeorgetownThe mini concert brought the curtains down on Education Month 2018. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Administrator Lorraine Barker-King in her opening remarks expressed that the event was held to focus particularly on the art form, since the Ministry was a strong advocate for arts in schools. To compound this, she noted that Guyana was the only Caribbean territory that has a unit specific for the arts in the Education Ministry. The unit of allied arts was awarded by the Guyana Cultural Association of New York for its highly commendable work as an educational enabler in expanding expressive arts in the Guyana school system. This event was held under the theme, “Education for a good life through innovation and STEAMS”.The Dolphin Secondary, West Demerara Secondary, North Georgetown Primary, Lodge Secondary, St Rose’s High, The Bishops’ High School, President’s College and GBTI Buxton Steel Orchestra brought the Botanical Gardens alive with sweet music.“AMITY” was designed to create a common platform for exhibiting the skills of students in the art form of steel pan. It endeavours to promote an atmosphere of friendship, love, peace, and tolerance among Guyanese. The programme aims to promote the expressive arts of dance, drama, music, visual arts and physical education in schools.
A MEMBER of a walking group had to be airlifted to hospital after a horrible fall on Glengesh.Donegal Mountain Rescue Team volunteers were in the middle of much-needed fundraising collection in Donegal Town when they got the call to assist in the rescue.The walker sustained a suspected broken leg in the incident. The Sligo 118 Rescue helicopter assisted in the operation, taking the walker to Sligo Regional Hospital for treatment.“Most of the team were already in Donegal Town when called out for our annual fundraising collection so went straight from there and then returned for another few hours to rattle buckets in Donegal Town,” said a DMRT spokesman.“Thanks to all team members and the Rescue 118 crew who responded to the callout. Also a very big thank you to everyone who donated to the team in Donegal Town.”The Sligo 118 chopper touches down at the sceneWALKER AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER HORRIBLE MOUNTAIN FALL was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DMRTEmergencyGLENGESHrescueSligo 118walker