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Sharapova included in Russian Olympic team despite suspension

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova has been named to compete at the Rio Olympics despite being suspended.

The five-times grand slam tennis champion tested positive for the banned substance meldonium and was provisionally suspended on March 12.

"We will include Sharapova in the team, which we need to announce by 6 June," Shamil Tarpishchev, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and president of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF), told the R-Sport news agency.

"Whether she competes or not should be decided by the end of the first week of Roland Garros."

Sharapova is waiting for the outcome of a tennis anti-doping committee’s hearing of her meldonium positive case.

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Rafa Nadal: Maria Sharapova has been treated fairly

Rafa Nadal.

Rafa Nadal has said he believed Maria Sharapova has been treated "fairly" after she admitted failing a drug test.

The men's world number five said: "Everybody can have mistakes. I want to believe for sure that it is a mistake for Maria, she didn't want to do it.

"But it is obvious that it is negligence. The rules are like this. It is fair and now she must pay for it."

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