Tennis Star, Maria Sharapova’s doping ban reduced to 15 months

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday reduced a two-year tennis ban on Maria Sharapova to 15 months.

Sharapova had tested positive to meldonium during January’s Australian Open.

The Russian had admitted to taking the substance for the last 10 years, claiming that it helps treat her heart illness and magnesium deficiency.

The CAS “found that Ms Sharapova committed an anti-doping rule violation and that while it was with ‘no significant fault’, she bore some degree of fault, for which a sanction of fifteen months is appropriate”.

Sharapova also said she was unaware that the substance was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on January 1, just before the Australian Open.

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