New Delhi: Ace tennis star Maria Sharapova has been prohibited for two years by the International Tennis Federation after failing a doping test. The failed drug test came on January 26, 2016 — after Sharapova lost to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals — and was charged with an anti-doping violation on March 2.
The Russian was provisionally banned in March after testing positive for meldonium at January’s Australian Open. Meldonium was placed on the banned list by the World Anti-Doping Agency this year but the 2012 Olympic silver medallist said that she had been taking the drug since 2006 legally for years, for health reasons.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had in fact suggested that athletes who were tested positive for meldonium before March 1 could have their bans overturned as the agency was unable to detect the span of time that the drug takes to get cleared from the human body.
After the test Sharapova even took to Facebbok where she penned down a post for her fans mentioning how she was totally unaware of the fact that the medicine she was taking was under the category of ‘banned substances’. She also clarified that media has resented the issue in a biased way and has tried to manipulate the facts.
“A report said that I had been warned five times about the upcoming ban on the medicine I was taking. That is not true and it never happened. That’s a distortion of the actual ‘communications’ which were provided or simply posted onto a webpage,” she mentioned in a post on Facebook after she was tested positive in the doping test.
It was indeed a big shock for all her fans and the sports world to know that one of the best ever tennis player had tested positive in a drug test. As a result of this revelation, NIKE the sportswear brand terminated Sharapova’s contract with them quoting they were “saddened and surprised” by the news.
Maria is one of the ten women tennis player, and the only Russian, to hold a Career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned a silver for Russia in the women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The five-time Grand Slam champion was handed a provisional suspension from the sport in March after she revealed that she had tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at this year’s Australian Open which has now been extended to 2 years.