Maria Sharapova to learn of verdict on doping appeal by Tuesday

Russian tennis star has challenged an ITF-imposed two-year doping ban for taking meldonium

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 October, 2016, 12:43am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 October, 2016, 12:44am

The verdict in Maria Sharapova’s appeal against a two-year doping ban will be announced on Tuesday.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it will issue the decision at 3pm local time.

Sharapova challenged an International Tennis Federation (ITF) ban imposed after she tested positive at the Australian Open for meldonium.

An ITF panel found that the Russian did not intend to cheat, but was at “very significant fault”.

Sharapova acknowledged taking meldonium before each match in Melbourne, claiming she was not aware it had been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Sharapova said she was prescribed the Latvian-made heart drug since 2006. Meldonium, also known as mildronate, is not approved for use in the United States where she lives.

Her ban expires in January 2018.