Tennis champion Maria Sharapova has put the
spotlight on a relatively unknown performance enhancing drug… because she was taking it.
The five-time grand slam winner admitted she failed a drug test at the Australia Open. The fallout for the star has been harsh and
quick. Nike suspended its endorsement of Sharapova… and Swiss Watch Brand… TAG Heuer cancelled
contract negotiations. Sharapova says she let her fans down… and
made a huge mistake. “I know that with this I face consequences
and I don’t want to end my career this way and I really hope that I will be given another
chance to play this game.” The drug Sharapova says she first took in
2006,… as prescribed by a family doctor for health reasons,… is called meldonium.
According to the Guardian newspaper, it increases blood flow, which improves exercise capacity
in athletes. The drug was only banned by the International
Tennis Federation on January first. And Sharapova says it was never illegal while she was taking
it. Based on that fact, that it wasn’t illegal until recently, is there
a chance this decision could