Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

Maria Sharapova fails drugs test Watch

    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    The Latvian company responsible for manufacturing meldonium, the banned performance enhancing drug that Maria Sharapova has tested positive for, have confirmed that a normal course of treatment lasts from four to six weeks.


    Sharapova claims to have first used meldonium in 2006 after being prescribed the drug by a family-approved doctor, and continued to use it legally throughout her career. However, the 28-year-old Russian failed to acknowledge that the drug was banned on 1 January 2016, given that the World Anti-Doping Agency [Wada] had discovered "evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance".


    The five-time Grand Slam winner announced the news in a Los Angeles press conference on Monday in which she confirmed that she has knowingly taken the substance for the past decade, although she did not clarify how often she consumed meldonium - which is not an approved medication in the United States of America.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/t...-a6918996.html
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by chikane)
    Surely it would have been banned years ago not in January. She made a mistake by not checking the list of prohibited items but she was open and honest from the beginning and if the doctor confirms she has a medical condition which requires her to use this then she should be forgiven.
    I think they will give her a one year ban.
    Tbh I feel that Sharapova is using the whole "I didn't check the list" as an excuse. There were a few sources I was reading which has made me cast doubt on her story. I think they'll let her off lightly though. Also the link with other Russian athletes being found using the drugs makes me more suspicious. At the end of the day it's a shame this has happened.
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    This has been widely reported:-

    The Latvian company responsible for manufacturing meldonium, the banned performance enhancing drug that Maria Sharapova has tested positive for, have confirmed that a normal course of treatment lasts from four to six weeks.
    I have no reason to doubt that the conversation took placebut it doesn't fit with the contents of the manufacturer's website. That links to an academic paper dealing with improved exercise tolerance for angina patients. The angina patients either received the drug or a placebo continuously for a year.

    http://www.grindeks.lv/mce/uploads/mici.pdf
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Ladymusiclover)
    Tbh I feel that Sharapova is using the whole "I didn't check the list" as an excuse. There were a few sources I was reading which has made me cast doubt on her story. I think they'll let her off lightly though. Also the link with other Russian athletes being found using the drugs makes me more suspicious. At the end of the day it's a shame this has happened.
    I have read more stuff about this today saying she was warned 5 times etc but i did read she was using a lower dose compared to the athletes.
    It is a shame that this has happened but she is young and has millions in the bank so not too worried about her unless she is banned for 4 years.
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by chikane)
    I have read more stuff about this today saying she was warned 5 times etc but i did read she was using a lower dose compared to the athletes.
    It is a shame that this has happened but she is young and has millions in the bank so not too worried about her unless she is banned for 4 years.
    She's not that young for a female tennis player. Many retire around this age (whether because they can't keep up with the game or injuries or want to start a family). Only the William sisters have really continued and Serena in particular has continued to be successful.

    If she gets a 4 year ban, that's the end of her career. Even if she gets a 2 year ban, will she really put in 2 years of hardwork to only come back at 30?
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Zerforax)
    She's not that young for a female tennis player. Many retire around this age (whether because they can't keep up with the game or injuries or want to start a family). Only the William sisters have really continued and Serena in particular has continued to be successful.

    If she gets a 4 year ban, that's the end of her career. Even if she gets a 2 year ban, will she really put in 2 years of hardwork to only come back at 30?
    She was earning more from endorsements then playing but yes agree there is alot of confusion around this and if she is found lying then i can't see her coming back.
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by NathanW18)
    Wouldn't be fair if they didn't clamp down. Rules are rules, even if it was a mistake.
    This.

    Will she permenantly banned or just a brief ban?
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by chikane)
    I have read more stuff about this today saying she was warned 5 times etc but i did read she was using a lower dose compared to the athletes.
    It is a shame that this has happened but she is young and has millions in the bank so not too worried about her unless she is banned for 4 years.
    So she was warned and didn't take heed?
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by chikane)
    She was earning more from endorsements then playing but yes agree there is alot of confusion around this and if she is found lying then i can't see her coming back.
    I don't think she can get the endorsements if she's not playing anymore. She was doing her own brand stuff too which will take a hit.

    (Original post by queen-bee)
    This.

    Will she permenantly banned or just a brief ban?
    I think they're saying it's 2 years if she's made an honest mistake and 4 years if it's deliberate.
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by queen-bee)
    So she was warned and didn't take heed?
    Apparently they are saying all tennis players were informed of the changes and her medical team should have been aware.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/20...r-tennis-star/
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    Flat out reckless, someone earning that amount of money with a high class medical team didn't even check if her medicine was off the prohibited list!? She had from September until December to a) figure it out and b) come off the medication

    I think we have to crack down these cases, its ruining the sport.... I mean imagine what would happen if Usain Bolt tested positive....
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    How could have her doctors not have known it was banned ?? but then again mistakes do happen. I just hope she doesn't do it again she's a great player. and I love Tennis
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Zerforax)
    I don't think she can get the endorsements if she's not playing anymore. She was doing her own brand stuff too which will take a hit.

    I mean't currently she was getting more money from endorsements (not the case now) so she should live comfortably plus she can get her injuries sorted out properly.

    I think they're saying it's 2 years if she's made an honest mistake and 4 years if it's deliberate.
    If the doctors have said she genuinely required it then i think she will get a one year ban apparently they will look at her medical records too. Also there are questions about why she needed that drug when its banned in the US.
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by chikane)
    If the doctors have said she genuinely required it then i think she will get a one year ban apparently they will look at her medical records too. Also there are questions about why she needed that drug when its banned in the US.
    Can't be many drugs which you need to take for 10 years? Yea while she'll try and push the blame onto the doctor for prescribing, I don't see how you can ignore the fact she'll have had to go out of her way to have this doctor to prescribe something banned in the US. For all the money she has, she couldn't find another treatment?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Can't be many drugs which you need to take for 10 years? Yea while she'll try and push the blame onto the doctor for prescribing, I don't see how you can ignore the fact she'll have had to go out of her way to have this doctor to prescribe something banned in the US. For all the money she has, she couldn't find another treatment?
    That's true shes got so much money why not get other treatment- legal treatment
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by chris518)
    That's true shes got so much money why not get other treatment- legal treatment
    I guess her argument is it wasn't banned previously.

    You'd think it would go to the integrity of the game though - taking a drug knowing it will improve your performance whether it is banned or not yet. Just because you stay ahead of the rules, does that make you any less of a cheater?
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Zerforax)
    I guess her argument is it wasn't banned previously.

    You'd think it would go to the integrity of the game though - taking a drug knowing it will improve your performance whether it is banned or not yet. Just because you stay ahead of the rules, does that make you any less of a cheater?
    yeah it's bs. The drug manufacturer said it is meant to be taken for 4-6 weeks. Not 10 years. She is a liar. I find it so stupid these people are so hard to persuade. Maybe because they worship these celebrities.

    Either way everyone tries to use drugs that aren't banned, so I bet the others are just the same.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Lol sorry it's a bit ridiculous how could she not realise... surely someone around her would have read the email or something
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    Why can't it be a coincidence? The drug appears to be prescribed for everything from heart disease to alcoholism; as a cognitive enhancer, to boost sexual performance and to address a low sperm count.
    i doubt this is why she needed it :beard:
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    It's something that's only licensed in the Baltic states (and only made in one of them), plus Russia etc. Any doctor outside there prescribing it is going to have a serious chance of getting into major trouble, professionally. It's not available legally in the US, but somehow her family doctor in Florida has been issuing it on a casual repeat prescription basis? I don't think so.

    Oh, look, it enhances performance and a very large proportion of Russian athletes were taking it as part of a systemic doping culture.

    The only surprise is that it took so long to appear on the banned list, presumably because - with the exception of Ms Sharapova - very few western athletes were using it to cheat.
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: April 20, 2016
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Has a teacher ever helped you cheat?
    Useful resources

    Quick link:

    Unanswered sport threads

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Write a reply...
    Reply
    Hide
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.