Former World No. 1 Ilie Nastase just accused Serena Williams of using banned substances to enhance her performance on the court. Following the controversy surrounding Maria Sharapova’s doping ban and upcoming return to tennis, Nastase criticized the American drug testing system for letting the 23-time Grand Slam champion loose.
Moreover, The retired Romanian professional tennis player further discussed the possible consequences of suspending Williams from the WTA tour.
Tennis World USA quotes Nastase’s recent barrage of harsh comments about Williams and the American drug testing system. The Romanian tennis veteran affirmed that the Russians should not be the only ones who are suffering from the heavy penalties against doping. Nastase argued that even the Australian Open 2017 women’s singles champ has been using performance-enhancing drugs while competing in the tour.
“Russia’s image when it comes to sport suffered a lot because of doping, but it’s pretty clear in Serena’s case as well,” Nastase told Digisport.ro, as per the same source. “Don’t you see how she looks like? No one controls the Americans when it comes to doping. If the truth came to light, all big tournaments would disappear, all sponsors would leave. You can’t even imagine.”
In relation to Nastase’s claims, the outlet cites an incident in 2016 which involved a group of Russian hackers trying to prove that Williams doped. “Fancy Bears” reportedly revealed that the 35-year-old American tennis star took banned substances “for medical reasons,” yet failed a drug test.Meanwhile, Nastase also spoke in defense of Sharapova. The Russian former World No. 1 drew backlash for saying that she drank more alcohol during the past year while serving a 15-month doping ban.
“I think she doesn’t get drunk easy as she is Russian,” Nastase said. “Sharapova does whatever she wants to in her private life, all of us do. I think she also suffered a mild depression during her suspension.”
Since the release of Nastase’s comments, 18-year-old Swedish tennis player Mikael Ymer reportedly took his reaction to Twitter. “Nastase, I’m tired of people like you who tries to bring athletes down that has worked incredibly hard and dedicated there (sic.) life’s to a sport,” Ymer wrote. Williams and her camp, on the other hand, are yet to comment on the Romanian athlete’s accusations.
Uduaghan: Stop Using My Name To Create Mischief, Seek Relevance
Immediate Past Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan has warned mischief makers and those seeking cheap popularity to stop using his name as a vehicle to achieve their evil plots.
Dr. Uduaghan gave the warning Monday morning in a statement issued by Mr. Sunny Areh, his media aide, in reaction to two contradictory press releases purportedly authorised by the former Governor in the last two days and which have been trending on the social media.
The first release, signed by one Tony Oritseje, claiming to be Uduaghan’s Press Secretary, said that the former Governor had dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), a statement which is false in its entirety.
A second release, credited to an unnamed media aide sought to repudiate the first statement, pouring invectives on the APC and its leadership, claiming that it was authored by the ex-Governor.
But, Dr Uduaghan, disassociated himself from both releases, which he said were targeted at creating mischief and gain negative publicity, thereby smearing his name and reputation in the process.
“This is obviously the work of mischief makers and those seeking cheap publicity. It is a joke taken too far. None of my aides is named Tony Oritseje. It was obviously meant to create disaffection for me and my successor, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the PDP and the Federal Government,” he stated.
The former Governor noted that he had maintained a very low profile since leaving office as a deliberate policy to allow current actors have enough space to attain their goals and fulfil electoral promises.
“People close to me know this is not my style. I have deliberately maintained a low profile to allow those in power today to have enough space to fulfil electoral promises to the people. It is not my style to seek cheap publicity or disrupt a peaceful process that is delivering democracy dividends to the people,” he added.
Uduaghan therefore warned against the use of his name to cause disaffection between him and the authorities, pointing out that he would not hesitate to go to seek redress in the law cour