Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, currently suspended over doping abuse accusations, is set to miss the Rio Olympics 2016 after her doping appeal was postponed until September by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).
Sharapova doping ban verdict put back to September: Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) – AFP
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Sharapova suspended from competitions for using banned drug Meldonium reports TASS.
Early in March, Sharapova announced that her 2016 Australian Open blood sample contained Meldonioum, which the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had blacklisted as a prohibited formula as of January 1, 2016. The formula refers to S4 class in the WADA list (hormones and metabolism modulators).
Athletes use Meldonium to strengthen endurance to physical strains during training sessions as well as for easing emotional, nervous and psychological stresses at competitions.
The maximum term of disqualification for Meldonium use is 4 years.