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dateline: 09 March 2016

Maria Sharapova Fails Drug Test

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • performance enhancing: improving athleticism
  • anti-doping: against the use of illegal drugs
  • banned: disallowed
  • prescription: a doctor’s authorization for treatment or medicine

Maria Sharapova Fails Drug Test

Russian tennis champion Maria Sharapova has tested for a performance enhancing drug. Sharapova has taken for the test sample that was collected by the World Anti-Doping Agency at the Australian Open this year. The highest paid female athlete in the world has been taking meldonium for the ten years, though it has only been a banned since January 2016. Sharapova has claimed that she did not read an email that listed the drug as a newly banned substance. In Russia, this drug is widely available without a prescription. Some trainers say meldonium restores the body but does not enhance performance. The International Tennis Federation is currently looking into the case and says the tennis star could face a 4-year .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did Sharapova admit to doing?
  2. What does the report say about Sharapova’s wealth?
  3. Why do some trainers disagree with the ban on meldonium?

Discussion Questions: Nike, which has been Sharapova’s main sponsor since she was 11 years old, has suspended ties with the 5-time Grand Slam winner. Do you think it’s wise for her sponsors to back away so quickly? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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9 Comments on Maria Sharapova Fails Drug Test

  1. Amalika Khoirun Nisaa' says:

    Well, I think Sharopova shouldn’t get that suspension because she didn’t know the rule.

  2. I think I don’t know what Meldonium is.

  3. Masoomeh says:

    well as she said she didn’t know that it was banned and they banned this drug just 4 months and she take it before it is unfair someone is punished due to the thing she did not do or know

  4. Tara Benwell says:

    @Helga Thanks for sharing your opinion on this. It often comes down to politics, doesn’t it? Interesting!

  5. Helga says:

    Not only trainers say meldonium restores the body but does not enhance performance, the doctors say the same, and it was included in the list of banned drugs not because of sports but because of the busisness (pharmaceutical mafia) and politics

  6. Farhad says:

    The athlete is the one, who doesn’t use drugs

  7. Ana Maria says:

    Unfortunatelly, most of athlete take banned drugs.

  8. tuyet says:

    To guarantee to be fair,taking illegal substance are supposed to be bannrd

  9. hojin says:

    I think that Sharopova had taken illegal substance.
    Nike worried about his defamation of character because of Sharapova’s behavior

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