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Sharapova doping hearing likely to be held in June

March 31, 2016 10:57 IST

Maria Sharapova

IMAGE: Maria Sharapova speaks to the media announcing a failed drug test after the Australian Open during a press conference . Photograph: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Former World No 1 Maria Sharapova is expected to face a disciplinary hearing over a drug violation in June.

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Sharapova admits that she failed a dope test

The beleaguered female tennis star had earlier announced that she was tested positive for banned substance meldonium at Australian Open which she had been taking since 2006 for health issues.

She was provisionally suspended from the sport by the International Tennis Federation and also faces a possible ban of up to four years for her wrongdoings.

Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev said that Sharapova's disciplinary hearing for doping could be put off until June, but added it was not official.

Tarpishchev further revealed that he was in regular contact with the 28-year-old and that she was continuing with her training.

Sharapova's major sponsors Nike, Tag Heuer and Porsche had all distanced themselves from her since her announcement.

Source: ANI
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