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Sharapova nailed in anti-doping test; Nike suspends deal

World's highest-paid female athlete confesses to taking banned drug meldonium for "health reasons"
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 05:50

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Sharapova said her family doctor began prescribing the drug mildronate, also known as meldonium, in 2006 after several health issues arose, including frequent cases of the flu. "I was getting sick very often," she told the media in Los Angeles on Monday.

Los Angeles

MARIA Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion and the world's highest-paid female athlete, announced on Monday that she had tested positive for the recently banned drug meldonium at the Australian Open.

The tennis anti-doping programme confirmed the positive test,

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