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On March 7, Maria Sharapova announced that she failed a doping because of taking a drug, Meldonium. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned this substance. According to her, she failed the test because she failed to identify the updated list and Meldonium was just banned. For the past decade, she had been taking the substance legally. On January 1, Meldonium became illegal and rules had changed and she didn’t know.

Several Olympic-level and pro athletes have a team who support the handlers, lawyers, coaches, assistants and managers to make sure that the oversights don’t happen. In order to benefit Sharapova, she makes decisions on her own and she keeps her team small. She had set her sights on Olympics 2016. A next layer of officials were appointed to ensure athletes to know which substances are monitored and banned by WADA. Athlete education is one of the prime responsibilities of USADA or the United States Anti-Doping Agency. It is reported that WADA started monitoring Meldonium and banned the drug in 2015, according to two separate documents. A warning has been issued by the anti-doping agency in Russia for the athletes about consuming Meldonium last year. She was framed with failed drug test.

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