Maria Sharapova Announces That She Failed Doping Test

Maria Sharapova FAILED drug test at Australian Open 2016 testing positive for Meldonium

Maria Sharapova said Monday that she had been notified by the International Tennis Federation that she tested positive for a banned substance at the Australian Open in January. A five-time Grand Slam champion, Sharapova, 28, is one of tennis’s biggest stars and has been the highest-paid female athlete for 11 straight years.

She said she had been taking mildronate since 2006 for health issues. Mildronate, a heart medication, is also known as meldonium, which was added to the prohibited list this year. Sharapova said she received an email from the World Anti-Doping Agency in December that noted changes to tennis’s program for 2016. She said that the email included a link to a list of banned substances, but that she did not look at it.

“I have to take full responsibility for it,” Sharapova said at a news conference in Los Angeles. “It’s my body, and I’m responsible for what I put into it.”


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