Maria Sharapova Admitted taking Drug Meldonium, Newly Banned in Tennis
In a shocking admittance, Former world number one tennis player Sharapova accepted that she tested positive for Meldonium, a drug she has taken before but was banned starting Jan. 1. Now it is been reported that Sharapova is provisionally suspended from professional tennis as of March 12.
I did fail the test and I take full responsibility for it: Former world number one tennis player Maria Sharapova
What is Meldonium – (also known as Mildronate, THP, MET-88, Mildronāts or Quaterine) is a clinically used anti-ischemic drug that is currently manufactured and marketed by Grindeks, a pharmaceutical company based in Latvia. It is used in Lithuania and the Russian Federation, but is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States. Since January 2016, it is on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of substances banned from use by athletes. Source- Wikipedia
Maria Sharapova, 28, said that she has been taking the drug meldonium since 2006 but it was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in January.
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