During her recent press conference, Russian tennis player, Maria Sharapova, announced that she'd made a bit of a boo-boo in continuing to take the drug Meldonium despite it coming onto sport's banned substance list.
This really is an unfortunate oversight for a professional tennis player with a large entourage of support staff. Someone's dropped a clanger. Oops!
What Is Meldonium?
Meldonium is a drug made by Grindeks, a pharmaceutical company in Latvia. It is sold in Russia where it is used to fight heart disease and strokes.
It transpires that a 2015 survey showed that for 17% of Russian athletes, Meldonium helped them to ‘keep going‘. That's 724 out of 4316 athletes from Russia surveyed who will need to find an alternative remedy for their health problems.
2012 Olympics Success
Despite having such a poorly bunch of sportsmen and women, Russia still managed to do quite well at the 2012 London Olympics and should be applauded for ‘battling on‘. With that sort of positive attitude, they could certainly show drugs cheats a thing or two!