MOSCOW: Russia says Maria Sharapova is still in its plans for the Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her provisional suspension for failing a drug test.
Sharapova has been suspended since last month, when she admitted she tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at January’s Australian Open.
Sharapova said she had been taking meldonium for medical reasons for 10 years and had not seen a World Anti-Doping Agency ruling last year that it would be banned for 2016.
Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev says in a statement ”we really hope that Sharapova will still be allowed to take part in the Olympic Games.”
No date has been announced by the International Tennis Federation for a hearing into the case of Sharapova, who won Olympic silver in 2012.