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Maria Sharapova doping hearing could be in June, Russia tennis boss says

Maria Sharapova

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 7: Tennis player Maria Sharapova addresses the media regarding a failed drug test at the Australian Open at The LA Hotel Downtown on March 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Sharapova, a five-time major champion, is currently the 7th ranked player on the WTA tour. Sharapova, withdrew from this week’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells due to injury. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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MOSCOW (AP) — The president of the Russian tennis federation says Maria Sharapova could have her disciplinary hearing for doping in June.

Sharapova has been provisionally suspended and faces a possible ban of up to four years after testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January, though a reduced punishment is possible if she can show she did not intend to cheat.

Shamil Tarpishchev tells the state TASS news agency that “the hearings could be put off until June,” adding that was “not official information, but my opinion.”

Tarpishchev says he is in regular contact with Sharapova and says she is continuing to train.

Sharapova has said she took meldonium for medical reasons and was not aware it had been banned for 2016.

For the Olympics, National Olympic Committees must name their Olympic tennis entries no later than June 16.

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