Former World Number 1 Maria Sharapova was banned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) After she tested positive for meldonium, less than a month after the drug was banned.

Her ban has been reduced to 15 months from the original 2 years imposed, after her appeal.

But the ITF warns players over claiming ignorance. The ITF said “appropriate steps were taken to publicise any changes” and added,  “Nonetheless, we have reviewed, and will continue to review, our processes for communicating changes to the prohibited list to players with the aim of ensuring that no player can claim that they had not been fully informed.”

 

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