Itf Bans Maria Sharapova For Using Prohibited Drug

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International Tennis Federation has banned Maria Sharapova for two years on using a drug prohibited by ITF. Maria was initially banned in March this year after tested positive for drug meldonium during Australian Open in January. The drug was prohibited on 1st January 2016 while Sharapova said she has been using it since 2006 and termed the decision harsh and unacceptable. The ban will start from January 2016 while Sharapova will challenge her suspension.

She claimed in a statement that her offense was unintentional but ITF blamed that the offense is intentional and asked tribunal to place a ban of 4 years on her. The player said that she will miss tennis and her fans due to this decision and she will appeal against the decision. However, WADA (world anti doping agency) said it will review this decision.

In 2004, Maria became the first Russian to win Wimbledon at the age of 17 while she later won US Open in 2006 and Australian Open in 2008 while her last big title was French Open in 2012. In 2014, she again won the French Open.

Former word no 1 Caroline Wozniacki expressed her sorrow over the two year ban imposed on her fellow player Maria Sharapova.

 

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

 

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

 

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

 

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

 

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