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Russia tennis chief still expects Maria Sharapova to play at Rio Olympics

Maria Sharapova failed a drug test in the Asutralian Open in January as she was having an intake of banned substance meldonium.

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Shamil Tarpishchev expects that Maria Sharapova wil represent her country at this year’s Olympics in Brazil. (Source: File)

Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpishchev expects Maria Sharapova to represent her country at this year’s Olympics in Brazil despite being provisionally suspended from the game after testing positive for a banned substance.

Five-times grand slam champion Sharapova said on Monday she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January because of a substance, meldonium, she was taking for health issues.

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“I think this is just a load of nonsense,” Tarpishchev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, said in an interview with the TASS news agency.

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“The sportsmen take what they are given by the physiotherapists and by the doctors. I think Sharapova will play at the Olympics, however, we will need to see how this will develop.”