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Sharapova hearing not before June

Teamtalk Teamtalk 17/05/2016

© Provided by Teamtalk Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who was suspended on March 12 from playing after testing positive for Meldonium at this year’s Australian Open, will not have her hearing before June.

This was confirmed by the president of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpishchev, in an interview with TASS.

"Sharapova's situation is complicated. The thing is that she admitted that she had taken Meldonium. The case will not be considered so long as the two laboratories do not study the preparation.

"I believe that's not going to happen earlier than June," Tarpishchev said.

In early March, Sharapova made an announcement that her blood sample had tested positive for Meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

The World Anti-Doping Agency had banned the use of Meldonium from January 1, 2016. The drug is used to treat coronary artery disease.

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