Maria Sharapova Banned for Two Years Over Meldonium Use

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 | 0

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Wednesday handed a two-year ban to Russian tennis player, Maria Sharapova, for making use of a banned substance called meldonium.

The 29-year-old was tested positive for the substance after the Australian Open earlier this year, following which she was provisionally banned from competing in the professional arena.

The ITF released a statement, reading: “An Independent Tribunal appointed under Article 8.1 of the 2016 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme has found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme and as a consequence has disqualified the affected results and imposed a period of ineligibility of two years, commencing on 26 January 2016.

The judgment implies that Sharapova will not return to action until the end of the Australian Open 2018.

This, however, didn’t go down well with the five-time Grand Slam champion, who – within minutes of the verdict – took to her official Facebook account to divulge that she would appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension,” she wrote. “I will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS.”





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