Brennan: Maria Sharapova, world-class cheater – Christine Brennan/USA Today Sports

June 10, 2016

Europe, General, Sports, Women

EXCERPTS

“… the notion that she needed meldonium for legitimate health reasons is now seriously in doubt. An independent three-person ITF tribunal hearing her case determined that Sharapova went to great lengths to keep her use of meldonium a secret. In 2013, she actually stopped seeing the doctor who prescribed it for her, then failed to tell her new doctors that she was still taking it.

“Her story has been that she needed the drug to treat a magnesium deficiency, an irregular electrocardiograph and a family history of diabetes. If that was the case, why keep all that information from your doctors for three years?

Meldonium is a drug used to treat angina and heart failure in real life, but one that also has the wonderful side effect of increasing an athlete’s endurance and energy levels. It was unknown to almost all of us outside of Russia until this spring …
“… She admitted to taking the drug in 2016, using the utterly inexcusable defense that she hadn’t opened the emails all elite athletes routinely receive with updates about banned substances, including urgent and repeated warnings about meldonium in late 2015.
“… Sharapova went to great lengths to keep her use of meldonium a secret. In 2013, she actually stopped seeing the doctor who prescribed it for her, then failed to tell her new doctors that she was still taking it.

“The manner of its use, on match days and when undertaking intensive training, is only consistent with an intention to boost her energy levels … its concealment from the anti-doping authorities, her failure to disclose it even to her own team and the lack of any medical justification must inevitably lead to the conclusion that she took (meldonium) for the purpose of enhancing her performance.”
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/brennan/2016/06/08/maria-sharapova-two-year-ban-meldonium-cheater/85605472/

FRIDAY, JUNE 09, 2016. 12:45 a.m. [GMT]

 

 

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