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Sharapova Ban Reduced to 15 Months

Russian, Maria Sharapova has had her two-year doping ban reduced to 15 months following her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS.

The 29-year-old was initially banned by the International Tennis Federation after testing positive for the banned drug, Meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Russian argued that she had been taking the drug since 2006 for health problems.

The CAS panel found that Sharapova’s case was not about an athlete who cheated, but it added that the five-time major champion must bear significant fault for her violation.

The tribunal ruling revealed that the player tested positive for the drug after her Australian Open quarter final defeat by Serena Williams on January 26, and on an out-of-competition test on February 2.

Sharapova will be free to compete again on April 26, 2017.

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