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Sharapova to miss Rio Games

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<p>Maria Sharapova will miss the Rio Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport postponed its decision on her 2 year ban until September.</p> <p>The five-time Grand Slam champion was handed the ban after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium during January’s Australian Open.</p> <p>Sharapova had hoped the court of arbitration for sport would be able to hear her case before the deadline for teams to be finalized for competition in Rio.</p> <p>But both Sharapova and the <span class="caps">ITF</span> need more time to prepare their cases.</p> <p>The Court of Arbitration for Sport issued a <a href="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CnEjaCvWcAARCF6.jpg" target="_blank">statement</a> saying a decision is expected by September 19.</p> <p>The 29-year-old former world number one was named in Russia’s official entry list for the Olympics tennis tournament.</p> <p>Sharapova is the highest-earning female athlete in the world, but the scandal has damaged her reputation and several of her sponsors have dropped her.</p>
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