Another one bites the dust. Or so it seems. The truth is that Russian golfer, Maria Sharapova has fallen into doping disgrace. The 28-year old tennis star has admitted failing a drug test in the Australia Open earlier this year.
“I wanted to let you know that a few days ago I received a letter from the ITF that I had failed a drug test at the Australian Open. I did fail the test and I take full responsibility for it. For the past 10 years, I have been given a medicine called Mildronate. It is very important for you to understand that for 10 years this medicine was not on WADA’s banned list and I had been legally taking the medicine for past 10 years,” were her words during a press conference at a hotel in Los Angeles.
In January this year, the World Anti-Doping Agency added Mildronate to the list of illegal drugs. This information was available to competitors before the start of competitions in 2016. Sharapova received the letter on December 22, admitted receiving it but not reading it.
"I take great responsibility and professionalism in my job every day. I made a huge mistake. I've let my fans down, I've let this sport down," said the highest paid sports woman on Monday, March 7th evening. Maria has declared to be more than willing to cooperate with the investigations. She hopes to play the game again although she might be facing a two-year ban.
María Sharapova became a professional tennis player in 2001 and won her first Grand Slam in 2004 against Serena Williams. Her last Grand Slam was on 2014 at the French Open. This year she reached the quarter finals of the Australia Open where she lost to Serena Williams.