Telegraph- Maria Sharapova was warned at least five times in the month before she failed a drugs test that a substance she had been taking for almost her entire career was being banned.
The world’s most famous female athlete was facing mounting questions after it emerged that players had been repeatedly contacted by the tennis authorities about meldonium being outlawed.
In the Russian’s bombshell announcement on Monday that she had tested positive for the drug at January’s Australian Open she said she had been oblivious to the change in its status and claimed she had failed to check correspondence informing her about it.
It transpires players were alerted to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s updated prohibited list on multiple occasions, from Dec 3 all the way through to Dec 29.
Wada’s founding president Dick Pound, who led an inquiry into Russian doping that resulted in the country being banned from world athletics last year, said: “All the tennis players were given notification of it and she has a medical team somewhere. That is reckless beyond description.”
But her justification for the long-term use of meldonium, which was banned after Wada found “evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance”, was called into question when the Latvian manufacturer said it would normally be taken for only four to six weeks at a time.
Medical experts were also sceptical about Sharapova’s motivation for using a drug which is not licensed in the United States, where she has lived since the age of seven.
It's no secret that attractive women don't think the laws apply to them. If you needed an example of that then look no further than Maria Sharapova needing the rules reiterated to her more times than a 5 year old playing chess. It's also no surprise that attractive women think they can get away with anything and that's because - well - they pretty much can. Nothing speaks to that like Maria Sharapova continuing her illegal drug use when it was so apparent that people were reminding her to stop more times than they were reminding their senile grandmother to take her meds. Even now that it is public it's hardly even back page news, and I am not sure you could say the same if she was some mousy, homely looking broad in loose fitting Umbro shorts.
I guess my biggest question has nothing to do with the Maria Sharapova taking a performance enhancing supplement, or the fact that she was willfully ignorant about it's legality. My biggest question is whether or not there would be a followup story if she didn't come out looking like she used a bushel of balloons to do her hair. Probably should have thrown a little more makeup on if she was planning on covering up a career's worth of substance abuse. Seriously, I don't know a damn thing about Meldonium, but I know that when Maria Sharapova was taking it she looked like a runway model while engaging in high level athletic competition, and when she's not taking it she can't even give a press conference without looking like a disheveled mess that came straight from a one night stand. I have never been more certain that Meldonium should have been banned a long time ago then when I saw Sharapova step up to the mic with her hair parted in the middle. This story would be dead and gone and we wouldn't have to hear about her inability to follow directions 5 times over if she just showed looking like the confident, hot, mediocre tennis player we know and love. You know, the one that was apparently poppin' questionable pills right in our face.
We'll never forget Maria, we'll never forget...