Maria Sharapova remains in Russia’s Olympic plans despite doping ban

first_imgRussia says Maria Sharapova is still in its plans for the Rio Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her provisional suspension for failing a drug test.Sharapova has been suspended since last month, when she admitted she tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open.WADA estimated that more than 120 athletes have tested positive for the heart disease drug. Sharapova said that she had been taking Meldonium due to medical reasons for the last 10 years and was not aware of the ruling that banned it in 2016.Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev said in a statement, “We really hope that Sharapova will still be allowed to take part in the Olympic Games.”No date has been set for her hearing with the International Tennis Federation.Sharapova took silver at the 2012 Olympics in London, as she lost the gold-medal match to Serena Williams. She is currently ranked No. 9 in the world.last_img

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