Maria Sharapova was banned from tennis for two years. Is the ban too much? | The Tylt
Maria Sharapova was handed a two-year ban from tennis due to testing positive for a performance enhancing drug. Sharapova tested positive for meldonium, which improves endurance and recovery time, during the Australian Open in January 2016.
An International Tennis Federation tribunal concluded that Sharapova’s use of the drug was unintentional, but still broke the rules. Had she used it intentionally, the ban would have been for four years.
The report concludes that although it was unintentional, she had many chances and opportunities to avoid this situation. It goes on to say "[Sharapova] is the sole author of her own misfortune.”
However, Sharapova told the New York Times she was taking the drug for health problems:
“I was getting sick very often,” she said in March. “I had a deficiency in magnesium. I had irregular EKG results, and I had a family history of diabetes and there were signs of diabetes.”
She explained the lack of disclosure by saying although she received the email regarding the change in drug bans. She did not open and read the email. Fans are also arguing that a two-year ban is excessive for an innocent mistake. These things happen.
However, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Sharapova is not the first Eastern European athlete to be caught using meldonium.
Two Ukrainian biathletes and Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov have already been caught as well as Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova, who is a European champion ice dancer.
What do you think? Is #TwoYearsTooMuch or #TwoYearsRight?
Maria Sharapova was banned from tennis for two years. Is the ban too much?
so the drug Sharapova has been banned for using was for a heart condition, odd how all these peak fitness athletes have so many ailments...— green rocinante (@greenrocinante) June 8, 2016
Not uncommon to overpunish in anticipation a reduction on appeal (see: Goodell, Roger) but that written decision is not breezy reading...— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) June 8, 2016