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Maria Sharapova suspended for 2 years for doping

The two-year ban can be appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport

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Maria Sharapova

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Maria Sharapova was suspended for two years on Wednesday for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. The five-time Grand Slam champion was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in early March, when she announced at a news conference in Los Angeles that she failed a doping test in January.

Sharapova said then she was not aware that the World Anti-Doping Agency had barred athletes from using meldonium, also known as mildronate, as of January 1. Her lawyer, John Haggerty, said Sharapova took the substance after that date. Wednesday's ruling ...

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First Published: Thu, June 09 2016. 00:26 IST
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