Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years by the highest International tennis body (ITF).
Maria Sharapova was tested positive for banned substance Meldonium during the Australian Open this year. She has said that she has been taking this drug for the last 10 years. Unfortunately, Meldonium has been banned since January 1 2016, and Sharapova seems to have missed the deadline.
An independent Tribunal conducting the probe found that Maria Sharapova has committed a doping offense. And therefore, has been banned for two years. The ban starts from January 26th 2016, and will continue for the next two years.
Sharapova, though, has decided to appeal against the ban. She says that the tribunal maintains that she has not taken drugs intentionally; otherwise, the ban would have been for 4 years. Four years ban is the standard punishment handed out to those who commit doping offense intentionally. Two years, she says is a little too harsh for conducting unintentional doping offense.