IMG_20160307_224530

Sharapova Suspended After Failing Dope Test

Tennis superstar and one-time world number one women’s player Maria Sharapova has revealed that she failed a drugs test at the Australian Open in January.

The Russian, 28, tested positive for meldonium, a substance she has been taking since 2006 for health issues.

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, is provisionally suspended from 12 March pending further action.

She called a press conference on Monday to announce thr doping failure and then apologised.

“I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it,” said Sharapova, who won the Wimbledon title as a 17-year-old in 2004.

“For the past 10 years I have been given a medicine called mildronate by my family doctor and a few days ago after I received the letter from the ITF [International Tennis Federation] I found out it also has another name of meldonium, which I did not know.”

Sharapova provided the anti-doping sample in question on 26 January, the day she lost to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

“It is very important for you to understand that for 10 years this medicine was not on Wada’s banned list and I had been legally taking that medicine for the past 10 years,” said Sharapova.

“But on 1 January the rules had changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance, which I had not known.

Read Also:  Sharapova Banned For Two Years For Doping, Vows To Appeal

“I received an email on 22 December from Wada about the changes happening to the banned list and you can see prohibited items – and I didn’t click on that link.”

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

Sharapova, who turns 29 in April, hopes to be able to return to tennis in the future.

“I made a huge mistake,” she said. “I have let my fans down, and let the sport down that I have been playing since the age of four that I love so deeply.

“I know that with this I face consequences and I don’t want to end my career this way. I really hope to be given another chance to play this game.”

SINGLE GUYS MUST READ THIS: 5 Things You Should NEVER Do When Meeting A GIRL YOU LIKE For The First Time If You EVER Want To DATE HER.

I Couldn't Satisfy My Wife In Bed, But These Simple Solutions Really WORKED! - Click Here To See My Breakthrough.

One Comments

  1. She has been taking the drug for 10yr abi? With the type of money she is making, her crew should be able to follow up on the latest developments. I see sabotage here as she doesn’t have time and the doctor is suppose to do all the running. Definitely there are alternatives. He case should be properly investigated and those responsible punished.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *