Maria Sharapova To Play Again? Russian Tennis Chief Hopes So
Maria Sharapova, the five-time slam winner, early in March, announced that her 2016 Australian Open blood sample contained drug Meldonium. On its website, the Russian Olympic Committee has said, Shamil Tarpishchev, President of the Russian Tennis Federation, hopes that the tennis star Maria Sharapova will be able to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
According to the reports by Tass, Tarpishchev on Tuesday said there is more competition for the participation of Olympic Games than there are places in the Russian National Women’s tennis team. Further, he said only Svetlana Kuznetsova can be absolutely confident and he hopes that Sharapova is able to participate in the games.
As of January 1, 2016, Melodium has been blacklisted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as a prohibited formula, which refers to S4 class in the WADA list (hormones and metabolism modulators), and its consumption by athletes has been classified as a violation of anti-doping rules as well.
In the Commonwealth of Independent States, Melodium is used for preventive treatment of heart problems and it is used by athletes during training sessions to increase their endurance to physical strains.
As of March 12, the tennis star, Sharapova was temporarily suspended from tennis competitions. On March 2, Sharapova, who is also a women singles silver medalist, received a letter of notification about a positive doping test but in the same month, Tarpishchev said the hearing in Sharapova’s case might be postponed until June.
Sharapova has won 38 women’s tennis tournaments, including 35 in singles and currently, she is ranked World No.7. On August 5-21, the 2016 Olympic Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Nothing can be said for sure right now and we will get back with more news on the subject soon.