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Maria Sharapova could have disciplinary hearing in June: Russian tennis president

Maria Sharapova has been provisionally suspended and faces a possible ban of up to four years after testing positive for meldonium.

By: AP | Moscow | Published: March 31, 2016 12:20:23 am
Maria Sharapova, Sharapova ban, meldonium, meldonium drug, Sharapova, Australian Open, sports news, sports, tennis news, Tennis Maria Sharapova has said she took meldonium for medical reasons and was not aware it had been banned for 2016. (Source: Reuters)

The president of the Russian tennis federation says Maria Sharapova could have her disciplinary hearing for doping in June.

Sharapova has been provisionally suspended and faces a possible ban of up to four years after testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January, though a reduced punishment is possible if she can show she did not intend to cheat.

READ: UN suspends Maria Sharapova as goodwill ambassador

Shamil Tarpishchev tells the state Tass news agency that “the hearings could be put off until June,” adding that was “not official information, but my opinion.”

Tarpishchev says he is in regular contact with Sharapova and says she is continuing to train.

READ: Things to know about drug meldonium

Sharapova has said she took meldonium for medical reasons and was not aware it had been banned for 2016.

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