Maria Sharapova To Face Drug Panel In London Today
[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2Q8vDlHA-64/VzwCWmdQzbI/AAAAAAACdk0/7XvPVILD85c7LfeJXavUyUIEqehhidhbACLcB/s400/shara.jpg" width="400">29-year-old Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January. The heart disease drug known as Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list on 1 January.
The International Tennis Federation panel could issue a four-year-ban but experts say a six to 12 month punishment is more likely.
That is because Wada admitted in April that there was a lack of scientific evidence about how long meldonium stayed in the system and it suggested athletes who tested positive for the substance before 1 March could avoid bans, provided they had stopped taking it before 1 January.
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