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Sharapova drugs admission swamps social media

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Sharapova drugs admission swamps social media

<p>The world has been reacting to Maria Sharapova’s announcement that she tested positive for a banned substance. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is the drug that got Maria Sharapova suspended from tennis <a href="https://t.co/HxQcXBgBDY">https://t.co/HxQcXBgBDY</a> <a href="https://t.co/kFW5dvRQ36">pic.twitter.com/kFW5dvRQ36</a></p>— <span class="caps">CNN</span> (@CNN) <a href="https://twitter.com/CNN/status/707257118026551296">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>It remains to be seen how the anti-doping authorities react to case of Maria Sharapova. </p> <p>The drug Meldonium was banned by <span class="caps">WADA</span> on January 1, 2016 and Sharapova was tested at the Australian Open between 18-31 of January. </p> <p>The substance increases exercise capacity in athletes and many more sports people are now showing positive tests for it.</p> <p>Twitter exploded, former world number one Jennifer Capriarti whose career was ended by injury, tweeted:“I’m extremely angry and disappointed. I had to lose my career and never opted to cheat no matter what. I had to throw in the towel and suffer.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati slams Maria Sharapova over her failed drug test | <a href="https://t.co/3o7bhmorCM">https://t.co/3o7bhmorCM</a> <a href="https://t.co/mvM4fs0IoP">pic.twitter.com/mvM4fs0IoP</a></p>— 7Sport (@7Sport) <a href="https://twitter.com/7Sport/status/707088502018576384">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Martina Navratilova was more cautious: “Hold your horses everyone – about Maria – I don’t have all the facts, I hope it’s an honest mistake, stuff was legal as far as I know till 2015.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On this day, March 8, 1986, Martina Navratilova becomes first tennis player to earn $10,000,000. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IWD2016?src=hash">#IWD2016</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EqualPay?src=hash">#EqualPay</a> <a href="https://t.co/r6hNarvXyY">pic.twitter.com/r6hNarvXyY</a></p>— Andrew Orsatti (@AndrewOrsatti) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewOrsatti/status/707080307036577793">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Former player James Blake added:“Wow.Classy of @MariaSharapova to hold a press conference for this and admit making a mistake. Definitley agree that have to be aware though.”</p> <p>Current player Ryan Harison added:“Maria handled that so well. In my opinion, honest mistake from a great champion.” </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Video: Serena Williams says Maria Sharapova has shown 'courage and heart' <a href="https://t.co/q4u88vzmzt">https://t.co/q4u88vzmzt</a> <a href="https://t.co/YkMvO9PfpU">pic.twitter.com/YkMvO9PfpU</a></p>— Indy Sport (@IndySport) <a href="https://twitter.com/IndySport/status/707252165690204160">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Her rival on the court for years, Serena Williams said :“Most people were surprised and shocked by Maria, but at the same time, I think that most people were happy that she was up front and was very honest and showed a lot of courage to admit to what she had done and what she had neglected to look at.”</p> <p>In Moscow former boxer Sergei Simakov adopted a more jaded attitude:“She is not guilty of doping, but she is guilty of being caught. Because everybody takes drugs. If you said to me that athletes don’t take drugs.I’m a former sportsman, I’m now 55 years old, when I was a youth I was involved in professional sport… and if you said to me that professional athletes don’t take drugs, then you’d make me laugh.”</p> <p>The legal position is as follows, either she has deliberately taken it, knowing it is banned, which is cheating, or she has taken it not knowing it is banned, which is negligence, both warrant suspension.</p>