Sharapova banned for two years for dope use

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London, June 8 (IANS) Russian star Maria Sharapova was banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Wednesday after a failed drugs test.

The 29-year-old was provisionally banned in March after testing positive for banned substance Meldonium at Australian Open in January.

Meldonium was banned on January 1 this year. She said she has been taking since 2006 for health issues.

“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,” ITF said in a statement.

“Sharapova, a 29-year-old player from Russia, provided a urine sample on January 26 2016, after her quarter-final match at the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia.”

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Sharapova has been included in Russia’s Olympic squad. It wasn’t immendiately clear what her fate would be regarding the quadrennial mega event.

–IANS

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