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    Sharapova admits failed drug test at Australian Open



    Former world number one Maria Sharapova has revealed she failed a drugs test at the Australian Open.

    The Russian, 28, tested positive for meldonium, a substance she has been taking since 2006 for health issues.

    Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, is provisionally suspended from 12 March pending further action.

    "I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it," said Sharapova, who won the Wimbledon title as a 17-year-old in 2004.

    "For the past 10 years I have been given a medicine called mildronate by my family doctor and a few days ago after I received a letter from the ITF [International Tennis Federation] I found out it also has another name of meldonium, which I did not know."

    Test failed on day of Williams defeat

    Sharapova, who lives in Florida, provided the anti-doping sample in question on 26 January, the day she lost to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) analysed the sample and returned a positive for meldonium, leading to the Russian being charged on 2 March.

    "It is very important for you to understand that for 10 years this medicine was not on Wada's banned list and I had been legally taking that medicine for the past 10 years," said Sharapova.

    "But on 1 January the rules had changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance, which I had not known."

    She added: "I received an email on 22 December from Wada about the changes happening to the banned list and you can see prohibited items - and I didn't click on that link."

    'I made a huge mistake'

    Sharapova has been the highest-earning female athlete in the world for the past 11 years, according to the Forbes list. She earned about £21m in 2015, mainly from her extensive business ventures and endorsements. Her career earnings from tennis alone amount to almost £26m.

    She first reached world number one in August 2005 and is currently seventh in the rankings - but she has played just four tournaments since Wimbledon last July as she struggled with an arm injury.

    Sharapova, who turns 29 in April, hopes to be able to return to tennis in the future.

    "I made a huge mistake," she said. "I have let my fans down, and let the sport down that I have been playing since the age of four that I love so deeply.

    "I know that with this I face consequences and I don't want to end my career this way. I really hope to be given another chance to play this game."

    There had been speculation Sharapova was going to announce her retirement and a large media contingent gathered for the Los Angeles news conference, which was streamed live online.

    "I know many of you thought that I would be retiring today but if I was ever going to announce my retirement it would not be in a downtown Los Angeles hotel with this fairly ugly carpet," she said.

    'Seems to be an honest mistake'

    Women's Tennis Association (WTA) president Steve Simon said he is "very saddened" at Sharapova's failed test.

    "Maria is a leader and I have always known her to be a woman of great integrity," he added.

    "As Maria acknowledged, it is every player's responsibility to know what they put in their body and to know if it is permissible.

    "This matter is now in the hands of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme and its standard procedures. The WTA will support the decisions reached through this process."

    Reaction to Sharapova's admission

    BBC TV tennis commentator Andrew Castle tweeted: "This news is a hammer blow to the sport. Hold on. This is weird. Wada issue their list of banned substances and you don't look? Nor do management."

    Eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova said: "Hope this gets cleared up as it seems to me to be an honest mistake."

    Brad Gilbert, who coached Andy Murray from July 2006 to November 2007, said: "Still stunned that nobody on 'Shazza' team checked new list from Wada. Players are responsible but this is big-time oversight on team as well."

    Former athlete Kelly Sotherton, who won bronze in the heptathlon at the 2004 Olympics, said it was "refreshing" that Sharapova took full responsibility for the failed test but "can only blame herself".

    She added: "I'm pretty sure if this was a track and field athlete they'd be getting a much rawer deal than Sharapova."

    Maria Sharapova failed drugs test at Australian Open - BBC Sport

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    She looks about a decade older than 29

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    The cheating lying bitch. She has a 'heart condition'.



    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    For the past 10 years I have been given a medicine called mildronate by my family doctor
    So which country does her 'family doctor' live? She lives in the US.
    It is most commonly used in Russia and it is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the US.
    • Why was it banned?
    Wada's monitoring of the drug found that some of its medical benefits could enhance athletic performance, especially in endurance athletes.
    Meldonium doping benefits may include:
    • Increased endurance and aerobic capabilities of athletes
    • Increase rate of recovery
    Meldonium: What is the banned substance that Maria Sharapova has tested positive for? - ITV News
    Last edited by Pragmatic; 08-03-2016 at 06:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    Women's Tennis Association (WTA) president Steve Simon
    The WTA President is a man?

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    Nike and Tag Heuer end contract with Sharapova...

    Maria Sharapova: Nike suspends contract with tennis star after positive drug test for meldonium | Tennis | Sport | The Independent

    What about Sharapova's other sponsorship deals?

    Nike and TAG Heuer have been quick to make statements about the Sharapova case but if her corporate deals fall through as a result of her positive drugs test she could lose most of her sources of income. Sharapova earned £16.1m last year in endorsements alone. Her earnings from tournaments amounted to a mere £4.7m in 2014 - and that was including her last slam win at Roland Garros the same year.

    Sharapova's eight-year deal with Nike is worth £49m while she also has a five-year contract with Evian, a three-year deal with Porsche. The Russian also has her own sweets brand 'Sugarpova'....

    TAG Heuer ends partnership with Maria Sharapova after Nike suspend relationship for failed drugs test - live - Telegraph

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    Is meldonium radioactive?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    She looks about a decade older than 29
    It'd be the drugs that do that

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    ^That or competing against the Williams brothers.

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    Dick Pound: Maria Sharapova ‘reckless beyond description’ over drug test
    • ‘Of course she should’ve known’ meldonium was banned – ex-Wada chief
    • ‘Most of dopers’ drugs of choice were built for therapeutic reasons’

    Dick Pound, who was head of Wada from 1999 to 2007, says of Maria Sharapova’s failed drug test: ‘You are taking something on a [banned] list. I am sorry, that is a big
    Maria Sharapova and her team were “reckless beyond description” in failing a drug test at the Australian Open, according to the World Anti Doping Agency’s first president, Dick Pound.

    Pound, who last year oversaw the Wada-commissioned independent review that led to Russia being banned from athletics for systemic doping, said the five-times Grand Slam winner had made a “big mistake” in continuing to take the banned substance meldonium after it was banned in January.

    “She is taking something that is not generally permitted in her country of residence [the US] for medical purposes, so she says, so there must be a doctor following this,” he told the BBC.

    Wada had placed meldonium on its watch list for 2015. It then notified athletes at the end of September that the substance would be added to the banned list for 2016 following further research that suggested it was being used to enhance performance.

    “Anytime there is a change to the list notice is given on 30 September prior to the change. You have October, November, December to get off what you are doing,” said Pound.

    “All the tennis players were given notification of it and she has a medical team somewhere. That is reckless beyond description.”

    Pound, who is in London to speak at the Tackling Doping in Sport conference alongside the current Wada president, Sir Craig Reedie, said drugs such as meldonium were not supposed to be taken for long periods.

    Sharapova said at a press conference on Monday she was first prescribed the drug in 2006 and failed a test in January at the Australian Open.

    Maria Sharapova tests positive for meldonium … but what is it?
    “Most of the drugs of choice for dopers were built for therapeutic reasons – like EPO and others. That was supposed to regenerate blood if you had cancer treatment or surgical intervention if you needed to increase blood supply,” said Pound.

    “Someone has said: ‘Hmm, more oxygen in the blood? Hmm, very interesting. Let’s see if we can use it for that purpose.’”

    Wada said on Tuesday it would await the result of the International Tennis Federation’s results’ management process but that it reserved the right to appeal to the court of arbitration for sport if it felt the sanction was too lenient. The ITF has said the Russian will be provisionally suspended from 12 March.

    The standard sanction for a first offence is four years under the Wada code, though that could be reduced to two years if Sharapova can prove she was not at fault.

    Don Catlin, one of the founders of modern drug-testing, said the Sharapova case was a “huge wake-up call” for tennis and that anti-doping, which is run by the ITF, had to be fully independent.

    “I say that automatically [of any sport],” the American told The Guardian. “It’s a terrible problem because they are trying to defend their sport and their athletes and so the last thing they want is a positive test. Sometimes, as in the case of Sharapova, there is nothing they can do about it. The athlete is too big and too well-known.”

    In the wake of the crisis in athletics there has been a renewed debate about whether all drug testing should be removed from international federations to avoid conflicts of interest.

    Catlin confirmed meldonium is not available in the US – “it’s not approved for human use by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)” – and said he did not know how Sharapova had allowed a positive test to happen.

    “It was banned last September and she should have known that. Sadly many athletes don’t. They just wake up one day, they find they have a positive test, they scramble around, finally figure out what it is and then kick themselves for not having known it.”
    Dick Pound: Maria Sharapova ?reckless beyond description? over drug test | Sport | The Guardian

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    Think I.ll just watch wrestling from now on . I hate all this fakery

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    It wasn't banned until recently, so she was taking a helpful supplement for 10 years that aided blood oxygenation (and thus performance), but she just didn't keep up to date with the latest list of banned substances.

    They are all at it or they wouldn't be able to compete at that level, sadly.
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    So, will she fall apart in later years?...

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    I've always liked her.

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    Druggy or not, I'd shag it.

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    ^ It's about tennis, mate...Though you might be forgiven...

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    She should lose all now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    she just didn't keep up to date with the latest list of banned substances.
    She should "probably" ask her family doctor why she has to check her medications. One would assume a world class athlete would have a person to ensure these "notifications" are actually noted and acted upon, if necessary.

    One assumes that the time interval between the "notification" and the testing, for any newly "notified" drugs, is sufficient for any athlete, taking any newly "notified" drugs, to be 100% clear before the testing for it.

    Anybody know how long it takes for the drug she took to clear her system?
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    Perhaps she drinks her own urine...

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    One wonders how the "authorities" communicate these "notifications" to the intended audience, twatter or fubuk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    Perhaps she drinks her own urine...
    Some are "probably" told it's very good for the "vitamins/steroids".

    Meanwhile one of her sponsors has stated they will not be dropping her:

    "Confectionary manufacturer Baron Chocolatier has announced that it will not follow in the footsteps of some other big-name sponsors of Maria Sharapova, and is going ahead with the upcoming launch of a new line of premium chocolates for the "Sugarpova" brand.


    Chocolate manufacturer Baron Chocolatier is maintaining its support for Maria Sharapova, and will continue to produce chocolates for her Sugarpova brand of confectionary. "Maria has been a role model for millions of people and she is a woman of integrity," "
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    Sharapova should be congratulated for her sincere admission of regret at getting caught and for providing a fine cautionary tale to other moderately attractive female sportsbabes:

    Don't wait until the drugs have fucked up your looks before launching your porn career!

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    ^Too late for you, dinky-toy man...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackula
    Sharapova should be congratulated for her
    Bringing to light how the world of sport is politicised and the "probably" international bodies responsible for administering the rules corrupted.

    Quote Originally Posted by slackula
    wait until the drugs have fucked up your looks before launching your porn career
    Projecting again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    ^Too late for you, dinky-toy man...
    That'd be MISTER dinky-toy man to you, boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by slackula
    Sharapova should be congratulated for her
    Bringing to light how the world of sport is politicised and the "probably" international bodies responsible for administering the rules corrupted.
    Read again what I wrote after the bit you snipped and this time a little more carefully. Here, I'll make it easy for you:

    ...sincere admission of regret at getting caught

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