Maria Sharapova recently in a press conference revealed that she had failed a drugs test at this year’s Australian Open. Maria Sharapova failed drugs test, said that she had been taking Meldonium for health reasons for a decade and had not noticed when it was banned by the World Anti Doping Agency. Meldonium was banned because it aids oxygen uptake and endurance, and several athletes across international sports have already been caught using it.
The drug Sharapova was using was placed on the banned list by the World Anti-Doping Agency from 1 January because of “evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance”. Sharapova claimed she had taken meldonium legally for years for health reasons.
Sharapova has also said she hopes she can eventually return to the sport, despite being plagued by injuries. “I let my fans down, I let the sport down that I have been playing since the age of four and I love so deeply,” she said at a press conference in Los Angeles on Monday. “I know with this I face consequences. I don’t want to end my career this way and I really hope I will be given another chance to play this game.”
What is Meldonium?
Meldonium is manufactured in Latvia and used medically to treat heart problems like angina and myocardial infarction. It is also an effective treatment for ischemia or lack of blood flow. It is most commonly used in Russia and it is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the US.
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) March 7, 2016
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