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Sharapova to know fate by October

Tennis star, Maria Sharapova will find out if her two year ban will be upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in October.

The well decorated tennis star, tested positive for a banned substance – Melodnium, earlier this year and has been suspended by the International Tennis Federation since then.

The 29-old claims she was unaware that Melodnium had been added to the banned substance list by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) , as it was commonly known by another name in the past.

After being suspended in March, she issued a statement, in which she admitted to taking the drug, which was giving to her by her family doctor for the past 10 years.

“I take full responsibility for it. For the past 10 years, I have been given a medicine called Mildronate by my family doctor and a few days ago, after I received the ITF letter, I found out that it also has another name of Meldonium which I did not know. It is very important for you to understand that for 10 years, this medicine was not on WADA’s banned list and I had legally been taking the medicine for the past 10 years. But on January 1st, the rules changed and Meldonium became a prohibited substance which I had not known. I was given this medicine by my doctor for several health issues that I was having in 2006.”

Despite admitting to being aware of the inclusion of the drug to the banned list, in June, the ITF banned the Russian for two years, which she immediately appealed.

Now, the decision is left to CAS, who will give a response to her appeal in the first week in October. Should her appeal be rejected, she will not play Tennis for the next two years.

 

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Rio 2016 Paralympics: Nigeria claims 6th gold medal

Team Nigeria has recorded yet another victory, as Bose Omolayo claimed the 6th gold for Nigeria at the powerlifting event, at the ongoing Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Omolayo contested in the 79kg category and lifted 138kg, to finish ahead of China’s Lili Xu and Teipei’s Tzu-Hui-Liu, who came second and third to claim silver and bronze.

Team Nigeria still remains ninth in the overall medal table with six gold, two silver and one bronze. Go Team Nigeria!

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Carragher slams Pogba for lackluster performance in debut 

TV Pundit Jamie Carragher has slammed Paul Pogba for his underwhelming display during his debut, in the match against Manchester City, last Saturday.

Pogba who turned out to be the most expensive player in the English Premier League during this transfer window, failed to have any impact on the game and Carragher feels, Mourinho should have pulled out the former Juventus star at half time.

“I don’t think Pep Guardiola got it massively right, rather that Jose Mourinho got it tactically wrong,” Carragher said.

“What Mourinho wasn’t helped by was the performance his players – he made two changes at half-time – and specifically the performance of Paul Pogba. I think, for a central midfield player, in a game of that magnitude, it was one of the most ill-disciplined performances you’ll see in the first 45 minutes. The only way to describe it is the best player in the schoolyard. He runs where we wants, does want he wants.”

Carragher went on to detail Pogba’s positioning throughout the game as space was left in the centre of midfield, adding: “This must have happened 10 to 15 times during the game.

“I never thought I’d say this, but I felt so sorry for Marouane Fellaini.”

Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan

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