still faces meldonium hearing, says ITF
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[April 14, 2016]
(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova still
faces a hearing after testing positive for meldonium, despite the World
Anti-Doping Agency issuing fresh rules for athletes who tested positive
for the banned substance before March 1, the International Tennis
Federation has said.
Five-times 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
But the change in policy will have no bearing on Sharapova's case,
the world tennis governing body said.
"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 Programme case involving Maria Sharapova will
proceed to a hearing in accordance with WADA's recommendations," the
ITF said in a statement on Wednesday.
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"The ITF does not intend to make any further statement until
completion of this process due to the confidentiality of the Tennis
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan
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