Maria Sharapova Drug Scandal

BBC News Report 2016


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One of the highest-paid sportswomen, Maria Sharapova, known for her place in the sport of tennis, was tested positive for an illegal drug in a drug test for the Australian Open 2016. The drug Sharapova was said to have failed the test is called Meldonium. She claimed that she has been taking this drug for a decade, since 2006 to 2016 for dealing with sickness, magnesium deficiency and a family history of diabetes.

She had been using the drug since 2006 but it was banned for athletes on January the 1st 2016. She stated that she didn’t read an e-mail saying it had been prohibited. The drug was put on the banned list at the start of the year following evidence of its use in enhancing performance.

Within hours of her shock revelation she was dumped by three of her sponsors, one of these include Nike, who Sharapova has had links with since she was 11 years old. Sharapova is now 28.

Fans were stunned when they found out that she tested positive for Meldonium at the open in January.  She said “I let my fans down, I let the sport down. I know I face consequences”.

Sharapova could be faced with a four year ban from the sport. This could end her career! Maria is set to lose a £100 million fortune.

Michele Verroken said there could be “some leniency” if she could prove she took it for medical reasons. Martina Navratilova a fellow tennis player said “Sharapova made an honest mistake”. Another tennis player Jennifer Capriati insisted: “If it’s true, every title should be stripped”.

Sophie from year 9, Ysgol Rhiwabon said “I think that Sharapova was wrong to use drugs, and should’ve stated that she was using drugs before playing”. Craig from year 9, Ysgol Rhiwabon spoke up saying, “She tested positive for using Meldonium. I think that she deserves to have a four year ban, and when she does compete in sports she should have to do a drug test before, during and after”.

BBC News School Report 2016

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