LONDON (AP) – Maria Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open.READ MORE: Affidavit: Accused Serial Killer Jason Thornburg Says Slayings Were Human Sacrifices
The ruling, announced Wednesday, can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The five-time Grand Slam champion was provisionally suspended by the ITF in early March, when she announced at a news conference in Los Angeles that she failed a doping test in January.READ MORE: Tarrant County Issues 90-Day Burning Ban Due To Drought Conditions In Unincorporated Areas
Sharapova said then she was not aware that the World Anti-Doping Agency had barred athletes from using meldonium, also known as mildronate, as of Jan. 1.
Her lawyer, John Haggerty, says Sharapova took the substance after that date. Sharapova says she will appeal 2-year doping ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Sharapova said she first was prescribed the Latvian-made drug, typically used for heart conditions, for medical reasons in 2006.MORE NEWS: Gang Member, North Texas Sex Offender Added To State's 10 Most Wanted Lists
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