Five-times grand slam champion Maria Sharapova has censured the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for not doing what’s necessary to make her mindful that meldonium had been added to the rundown of restricted substances a year ago.
Sharapova’s underlying two-year suspension was decreased to 15 months after she tried positive at the 2016 Australian Open for meldonium, a pharmaceutical the Russian had been taking inside the guidelines however which was then renamed as a restricted medication.
Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency rundown of restricted substances toward the begin of 2016 in the wake of mounting confirmation that it supported blood stream and improved execution.
“Why didn’t somebody come up to me and have a private discussion, only an authority to a competitor, which would have dealt with the secrecy issue they discussed later?” the 29-year-old said in a meeting with The Times.
Sharapova did, nonetheless, say that she had progressed toward becoming “smug” and was in charge of coming up short the medication test.
“Eventually the blame was mine,” she included. “I had been getting leeway on all that I was taking for a long time and I ended up plainly self-satisfied.”
Sharapova is because of come back to aggressive activity at the Stuttgart Grand Prix which begins on April 24.