Maria Sharapova suspended over doping test [2016/06/22 16:19]

Maria Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for the banned substance meldonium.

She immediately responded by saying she would appeal the decision.

An independent three-person panel appointed by the ITF said in a ruling that Sharapova did not intend to cheat. But it said that she was still responsible for the positive test.

“The ITF tribunal unanimously concluded that what I did was not intentional,” Sharapova said in a statement.

“The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance-enhancing substance,” she added.

Sharapova and the Russian team had hoped she would be cleared in time to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. After the ruling, the Russian team said that Ekaterina Makarova would replace her.

Sharapova’s appeal will be sent to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where three judges will make the ruling. Both Sharapova and the ITF get to choose one of the judges. The decision will be binding.
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