Chernobyl accident close to Tennis star Maria Sharapova’s heart

Tennis champion and UN Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, Maria Sharapova, says that the areas affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in Ukraine have the potential to rebuild.

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Maria Sharapova

An explosion at the plant on 26 April 1986 released radioactive material that spread to other parts of Ukraine and Europe in what is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history.

In her message on the 25th anniversary of the disaster, Ms. Sharapova says that there is still a long way to go to achieve the full recovery of the territories affected by Chernobyl.

“The area around Gomel is very close to my heart. My parents lived there until they moved away after the Chernobyl accident and my grandmother still lives there. It is an area that has suffered a lot but I know it has a great potential. I want to do my part in making sure that this potential is fully realized. That is why I agreed to become a Goodwill Ambassador the United Nations Development Programme in 2007 which works to bring life normal to the Chernobyl affected areas.”

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