Maria Sharapova retires rumours of her retirement.
What she said:
“I know many of you that I would be retiring today announcing my retirement but if I was ever going to announce my retirement it would probably not be downtown Los Angeles hotel with this fairly ugly carpet.”
Tennis diva Maria Sharapova infused some humour into an otherwise sombre press conference where she announced that she failed a drug test during this year’s Australian Open. She faces penalties from the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) that range from a ban of one to four years.
“For the past 10 years, I have been given a medicine called Mildronate by my family doctor and 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 been legally taking the medicine. But on 1 January , the rules have changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance.
I was first given this medicine by my doctor for several health issues I was having back in 2006.
I was getting sick a lot. I was getting the flu every couple of months. I had irregular EKG results.
I had a deficiency in magnesium and a family history of diabetes, and there were signs of diabetes. That is one of the medications, along with others, that I received.”
What she really meant:
“If I were actually announcing my retirement, I would have done it at the Oscars on the red carpet.”
What she definitely didn’t:
“Red carpet, green carpet, magic carpet, who cares? Meldonium, thy name is Mildronate.”