Sharapova receives two year ban from all sport

9 Jun 2016

Former world tennis number one Maria Sharapova has been handed a two year ban after returning a positive test for Meldonium earlier this year.

The 29 year old will appeal the decision. Statement from WADA below:

 

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WADA STATEMENT REGARDING MARIA SHARAPOVA CASE

Montreal, 8 June 2016 – WADA acknowledges the decision issued today by the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Independent Tribunal which found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the use of banned substance Meldonium, and that, as a consequence, a period of ineligibility of two (2) years has been imposed, commencing on 26 January 2016.

 As with all decisions made by Anti-Doping Organizations, WADA will review the decision, including its reasoning, and will subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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For the full ITF Ruling, please click here