Maria Sharapova named the culprit of her disqualification for doping

Maria Sharapova named the culprit of her disqualification for doping
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Former world number one Maria Sharapova detailed how she started taking Meldonium (Mildronate), which resulted in her 15-month suspension in 2016.

“When I was young, I noticed that my health was not in perfect order. For this reason, my father started looking for a personal doctor in Russia. Despite the fact that we lived in the United States, it was more comfortable for him to find a Russian-speaking doctor - this would simplify their communication.

He found a doctor, but unfortunately he wasn’t a sports doctor. We ran a series of tests, and he prescribed some medication. One of them was Meldonium. It is sold without any prescription in Russia and is taken on a par with ordinary aspirin.

Since 2006, I was taking Meldonium almost regularly. Time after time, I was tested for doping, but nothing prohibited was found. This was the case until 2015.

In 2013, I changed my doctor, but continued to take Meldonium. In 2016, it was banned. At the end of 2015, I asked my Manager (Max Eisenbad) to check the updated list of prohibited drugs, but he did not do it - at that time he had personal problems,” - Punto de Break quotes Sharapova.

Former world number one Sharapova is a five-time Grand Slam winner, one of 10 women in history to have collected a Career Slam (won all Grand Slam tournaments, not in one year though). Maria announced her retirement in February 2020. The Russian has won 36 WTA singles titles and three doubles tournaments. She also won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.



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