- Maria Sharapova will be suspended from the sport from March 12 after she admitted failing a a doping test in January
- A statement from the Tennis Anti-Doping Program confirmed that the 28-year-old world number seven will be provisionally suspended from March 12 "pending determination of the case".
- Maria Sharapova said she is not ready to retire after being suspended
Former world number one Maria Sharapova will be suspended from tennis from March 12 after she tested positive for drugs at the season's opening major in Melbourne in January.
According to a statement from the International Tennis Federation the five-times Grand Slam winner had been taking Meldonium for a decade due to health reasons.
Sharapova at a press conference on Monday told the world that she was not aware it [Meldonium] was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of prohibited substances as of January 1 this year.
She further explained that she had been taking the banned substance Meldonium from a family doctor over the past 10 years before it was put on Wada's (Word Anti-Doping Agency) banned list.
Below is what the sport's governing body said following the revelation by the richest sportswomen in the world with earning of £21m:
"On 26 January 2016, Ms Sharapova provided an anti-doping sample to the TADP in association with her participation in the 2016 Australian Open.
That sample was analysed by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory, which returned a positive for meldonium, which is a prohibited substance under the WADA Code and, therefore also the TADP.
In accordance with Article 8.1.1 of the TADP, Ms Sharapova was charged on 2 March with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
Ms Sharapova has accepted the finding of meldonium in her sample collected on 26 January.
As meldonium is a non-specified substance under the WADA (and, therefore, TADP) list of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods, Ms Sharapova will be provisionally suspended with effect from 12 March, pending determination of the case."
Meanwhile, Nike has suspended its relationship with Maria Sharapova following the ‘saga'.
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 6 by the Women's Tennis Association.