Maria Sharapova will not compete for Russia in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics after an international court postponed the appeal of her two-year doping ban until September.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Monday that Sharapova and the International Tennis Federation – the governing body that imposed the penalty – mutually agreed to the new timeline.
The former No. 1 tennis player had initially sought a ruling as quickly as possible, hoping to regain eligibility in time for the Games.
“Due to the parties requiring additional time to complete and respond to their respective evidentiary submissions, and several scheduling conflicts, the parties have agreed not to expedite the appeal,” CAS said in a statement.
There has been some controversy about meldonium testing, given uncertainties about how long the drug might linger in the system.
Some athletes may have stopped taking it in late 2015 – when it was still allowed – but still tested positive early this year.
Sharapova acknowledged taking meldonium during the 2016 Australian Open. The re-scheduling of her case will prevent her from playing in the U.S. Open.
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