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Another ruski done for roids

This time its Sharapova their greatest female star of the last decade and the highest earning female athlete in the world

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I do actually feel for her a bit. She's been taking that drug her entire career and it was legal up until the ITF added it to the list at start of the new season. She and her advisor's/management team have messed up big time in not reading the new banned substances list but I don't think she has been a lifetime offender - It's basically impossible on the tennis tour they get tested more than pretty much any other sport.

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I do actually feel for her a bit. She's been taking that drug her entire career and it was legal up until the ITF added it to the list at start of the new season. She and her advisor's/management team have messed up big time in not reading the new banned substances list but I don't think she has been a lifetime offender - It's basically impossible on the tennis tour they get tested more than pretty much any other sport.
What was the drug she was taking?

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I do actually feel for her a bit. She's been taking that drug her entire career and it was legal up until the ITF added it to the list at start of the new season. She and her advisor's/management team have messed up big time in not reading the new banned substances list but I don't think she has been a lifetime offender - It's basically impossible on the tennis tour they get tested more than pretty much any other sport.
Doesn't it resemble the people who were on TRT pre-ban? Performance enhancing... yet legal.

Her press release was weird, she did the usual standard "i am sorry for being bad" response when someone is caught cheating...



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Doesn't it resemble the people who were on TRT pre-ban? Performance enhancing... yet legal.

Her press release was weird, she did the usual standard "i am sorry for being bad" response when someone is caught cheating...
Yeah she was taking a legal PED basically after reading up about it. She has to take it on the chin. If your an athlete taking a prescribed drug that enhances your performance in someway well then your always running a risk.

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Yeah it definitely is a PED, increases blood flow, so obviously has good effect on stamina. But technically she has been 'cheating' for all of 6 weeks. Before that she was entitled to use the drug.

I'm looking forward to seeing Murray, Nadal and Djokovic's take on it. They are all freidnly with Maria but all 3 of them are fiercely anti drugs. Should make for interesting watching.

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What was the drug she was taking?
Meldonium. No one should feel bad about taking something that isn't already banned, her mistake was continuing to take it after she was informed that it had been banned. I believe she was told six months prior to her getting busted as well.

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Yeah it fits, ignorance is the only way to get caught with Tennis's crappy PED testing.
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