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The Russian born, highest-earning female athlete in the world 11 years running and five-time Grand Slam champion, Maria Sharapova age 28, tested positive for meldonium in her ‘A’ sample, which is a substance that she has been taking since 2006 for health issues.
This announcement came before a large media frenzy gathered for the Los Angeles news conference, which was streamed live online.
Sharapova stated, “I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it. For the past 10 years I have been taking a medicine called mildronate by my family doctor, and a few days ago after I received the letter from the ITF (International Tennis Federation) I found out it also has another name of meldonium, which I did not know… It is very important for you to understand that for 10 years this medicine was not on Wada’s (World Anti-Doping Agency) banned list and I had been legally taking that medicine for the past 10 years. But on 1 January the rules had changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance, which I had not known.”
Maria also stated that: “I received an email on 22 December from Wada about the changes happening to the banned list and you can see prohibited items, and I didn’t click on that link.” Maria also stated that she has been taking meldonium since 2006 for and an irregular EKG, magnesium deficiency, and a family history of diabetes.
Sharapova, speaking to her fans said, “I made a huge mistake, I have let my fans down, and let the sport down that I have been playing since the age of four that I love so deeply. I know that with this I face consequences and I don’t want to end my career this way. I really hope to be given another chance to play this game.”
Meldonium, which has been legal until Jan. 1 of 2016 and is also known as Mildronate, THP, MET-88, Mildron?ts or Quaterine) is a clinically used anti-ischemic drug that is used in Lithuania and the Russian Federation, but is not approved by the FDA, Food and Drug Administration for its use by the United States.
The anti-ischemic drug (super vasodilator) Mildronate, gives an athlete an increase in endurance performance, it also improves rehabilitation after exercise, enhances activations of central nervous system (CNS) and aids in protection against stress. Meldonium is clinically used to treat angina and myocardial infarction and long term (90 days) administration of meldonium has been reported to improve sexual performance, sperm motility and concentration of testosterone in boars, although further studies are needed to confirm this. To date, meldonium is one of Latvia’s most exported products, and can be readily obtained in countries including Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Maria Sharapova first reached world number one status in August 2005 and is currently seventh in the rankings – but she has only played four tournaments since Wimbledon 2015 last July as she struggled with an arm injury.
There had been many speculation Sharapova was going to announce her retirement, “I know many of you thought that I would be retiring today but if I was ever going to announce my retirement it would not be in a downtown Los Angeles hotel with this fairly ugly carpet,” She stated that she was not yet aware of the sanctions she will face.
Support from her fans is abundant in Maria’s social networks as many fans stand behind her to show their support.
By Staff Writer Ed Barillas