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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Maria Sharapova's two-year doping ban reduced to 15 months

By on Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The five time Grand Slam winner, 29, Russian Girl , was initially banned by the International Tennis Federation for two years after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.
Meldonium has the ability to adjust the body's use of energy, stimulating the glucose metabolism, and to clear the fatty build-up in the arteries.
According to the forensic expert, meldonium has the ability to increase Oxygen movement to the muscles means it could have a positive effect on stamina and endurance.
Meldonium was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) on 1 January 2016, and the former world number one has been provisionally suspended from 12 March with a two-year ban. 
Maria Sharapova's two-year doping ban has been reduced to 15 months following her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Russian will be able to return to the tennis court on 26 April, 2017. "I am counting the days until I can return," she said.

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