Tennis sensation and richest athlete in the world Maria Sharapova shocked the entire world by admitting at a press conference on Monday that she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open after testing positive for Meldonium, a drug prohibited since January 1st, 2016, because of evidence of its use by athletes “with the intention of enhancing performance.”

Maria Sharapova failed a drug test

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Accepting complete responsibility of the consequences, Sharapova said that she had been legally taking the drug for the last ten years, as a medication prescribed by her doctor. She did, however, admit that she had received a notification from the International Tennis Federation on December 22 that it was being banned. Unfortunately, she had not followed the information link attached to the mail and was unaware that since January 1st of 2016, the drug had been banned.

I take responsibility for my professionalism in my job and I made a big mistake. I know there will be consequences and I don’t want to end my career this way. I really hope I will be given another chance to play tennis again. I can’t blame anyone but myself. I have let my fans down.”

The Tennis star stated that she has a magnesium deficiency and a family history of Diabetes, and that she had also been suffering from recurring bouts of the flu, with irregular EKG reports, which had prompted her family doctor to prescribe the drug to her. It was only in January that the drug had been added to the list of prohibited substances.

It made me healthy and that is why I continued to take it.”

Provisionally banned from Tennis at the moment, she is still awaiting the decision of the International Tennis Federation.

Maria Sharapova failed a drug test
Picture Source  Maria Sharapova failed a drug test

Asked if she knew what the final consequences of her failed test may be, Sharapova added:

“I do not. This is very new for me, I just received the letter a few days ago and I will be working with the ITF.”

As shocked as we are at the news, considering the circumstances, and how the drug has only recently been prohibited, we sincerely hope that the Tennis icon will be treated leniently and allowed to retire from her career with dignity.

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