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Sharapova faces hearing despite anti-doping agency overturn

Maria Sharapova still faces a hearing after testing positive for meldonium, despite fresh rules by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for athletes who tested positive for the banned substance before March 1, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has said.

The five time grand slam tennis champion Sharapova tested positive for the drug at this year’s Australian Open after it was added to WADA’s list of banned substances in January.

WADA said in a notice on Wednesday that athletes who tested positive for meldonium before March 1 could have bans overturned as the agency was unable to establish how quickly the drug cleared the human body.

“In light of the recent notice from WADA regarding the process for dealing with cases involving meldonium, the ITF can confirm that the Tennis Anti-Doping Program case involving Maria Sharapova will proceed to a hearing in accordance with WADA’s recommendations,” the ITF stated.

 

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