Maria Shara­pova to learn dop­ing ap­peal ver­dict on Tues­day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The ver­dict in Maria Shara­pova’s ap­peal against a two-year dop­ing ban will be an­nounced Tues­day.

The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport says it will is­sue the de­ci­sion at 3 p.m. lo­cal time (1300 GMT).

Shara­pova chal­lenged an In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion ban im­posed af­ter she tested pos­i­tive at the Aus­tralian Open for mel­do­nium.

An ITF panel found that the Rus­sian did not in­tend to cheat, but was at “very sig­nif­i­cant fault.”

Shara­pova ac­knowl­edged tak­ing mel­do­nium be­fore each match in Mel­bourne, claim­ing she was not aware it had been banned by the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency.

Shara­pova said she was pre­scribed the Lat­vian-made heart drug since 2006. Mel­do­nium, also known as mil­dronate, is not ap­proved for use in the United States where she lives.

Her ban ex­pires in January 2018.

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