Sharapova Suspended for Doping
Tennis superstar Maria Sharipova has been suspended from the International Tennis Federation for 2 years after failing a drug test at the Australia Open in January. She had taken a drug called Meldonium, which is intended to treat heart conditions. When taken by a healthy person, it can improve physical capacity, mental function, and athletic endurance. Sharapova states that she did not intend to cheat. The drug has only been banned in the world of sports since January 2016. Other athletes have been caught using Meldonium, and it was reported that 2% of athletes may have used it before its ban.