Shara­pova banned for 2 years

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LON­DON: Maria Shara­pova was sus­pended from ten­nis for two years Wed­nes­day for test­ing pos­i­tive for mel­do­nium at the Aus­tralian Open, and im­me­di­ately re­sponded by say­ing she would ap­peal the de­ci­sion in sport’s high­est court. The rul­ing by an in­de­pen­dent panel ap­pointed by the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion said Shara­pova did not in­tend to cheat be­cause she didn’t know mel­do­nium was banned, but that she bore “sole re­spon­si­bil­ity” for the pos­i­tive test. “While the tri­bunal con­cluded cor­rectly that I did not in­ten­tion­ally vi­o­late the an­ti­dop­ing rules, I can­not ac­cept an un­fairly harsh two-year sus­pen­sion,” Shara­pova said in a state­ment. “I will ap­peal the sus­pen­sion por­tion of this rul­ing to CAS, the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport,” she said. Shara­pova hoped to be cleared in time to com­pete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in Au­gust, but af­ter the rul­ing the Rus­sian Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion said Eka­te­rina Makarova would re­place her. FULL RE­PORT, P16

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