Maria Sharapova failed drugs test ‘reckless’ – Dick Pound

Maria Sharapova’s failed drugs test was “reckless beyond description”, according to former World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound.

Sharapova, 28, revealed on Monday that she tested positive for the banned substance meldonium in January.

A number of sponsors have already distanced themselves from the Russian.

Pound cannot understand how Sharapova found herself in this situation, given the high stakes involved, both professionally and financially.

“Running a $30m business depends on you staying eligible to play tennis,” he told BBC Sport.

Sharapova has been the highest-earning female athlete in the world in each of the past 11 years, according to the Forbes list.

However, sportswear giant Nike has suspended its relationship with the five-time Grand Slam winner, while watch manufacturer Tag Heuer has cut its ties.

German carmaker Porsche said it was “postponing planned activities” with Sharapova until the situation became clearer.