Sharapova Suspended after Failing in Drug Test


Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova announced at a news conference that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open.
The current world No. 7 said she was notified by the International Tennis Federation several days ago. The Tennis Anti-Doping Program confirmed that she will be “provisionally suspended” starting on March 12, “pending the determination of the case.”
The 28-year-old said she tested positive for meldonium, a substance she has been taking since 2006.
“I had several health issues going on at the time,” Sharapova said, according to Reuters. “I was getting sick very often … and I had a deficiency in magnesium and a family history of diabetes, and there were signs of diabetes. That is one of the medications, along with others, that I received.”
According to ITF documents, meldonium was moved from the “monitoring program” and added to the “prohibited list” beginning in 2016.
“I failed the test and take full responsibility for that,” Sharapova said, according to the BBC. “I had been taking this medicine for the past 10 years, but on Jan. 1 this became a prohibited substance which I did not know.” She said.

Medaram Jathara

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