Maria Sharapova has been banned from playing tennis for the next two years by the International Tennis Federation for doping. The tennis pro tested positive for a banned substance in January (it was not always banned). The drug was meldonium, which she took for 10 years before it landed on the banned list on January 1st. Neither Sharapova or her team checked the updated ban list in Jan.
Maria took to her Facebook page to tells fans she will fight the ban. “The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance enhancing substance. The ITF spent tremendous amounts of time and resources trying to prove I intentionally violated the anti-doping rules and the tribunal concluded I did not. You need to know that the ITF asked the tribunal to suspend me for four years – the required suspension for an intentional violation — and the tribunal rejected the ITF’s position. … I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension.”
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