Maria Sharapova appeals 2-year ban ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics

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For the Russian professional tennis player Maria Sharapova, the beacon of her hopes to be able to compete in the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics continues to burn as she appeals to have her 2-year doping ban lifted.

The Olympics remain the zenith of an athlete’s aspirations from its earliest days in Olympia, Greece.  It is an avenue where thousands of athletes from all over the world converge to compete in various sports activities, which symbolizes unity among nations.

Sharapova publicly admitted last March that she had failed a drug test and tested positive for meldonium, a substance that was recently included by the World Anti-Doping Agency on January 2016. as reported by

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At 6-ft-2, Maria Sharapova is a towering figure in tennis. Even for her height, she moves very well on the court and is known for her power, especially in driving the ball using the reverse forehand.  She has already earned a silver medal for Russia in the 2012 Summer Olympics, and could likely add more to that pending her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

A ruling on the matter will be made next month.  If a judgment is made on the Russian tennis star’s favor, we should be expecting her to compete in the coming Rio 2016 Olympics which is scheduled to commence from August 5, 2016, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

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The five-time Grand Slam champion has consistently insisted that her involvement in the doping issue had merely been due to oversight, and that there was never any intent to cheat. This stance of Sharapova has been met with widespread criticism among her colleagues as well as close friends.  Nevertheless, she maintains that she took the drug for health reasons.

Despite Sharapova’s injury-laden career, she has overcome the odds to become a very successful athlete.  She is feisty and moves with grace, and she remains gracious in strength as she awaits the court’s decision.

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