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Episode 167: The Sharapova Resolution

October 12th, 2016 · Comments

NCR is back after an unforeseen delay (our apologies), and we start by catching up with the conclusion of the Maria Sharapova meldonium case, as Ben welcomes back guest Richard Ings, who had previously discussed Sharapova's positive test with us back on Episode 145A when she announced it back in March. What have we learned over the course of this case? How much should this affect Sharapova's reputation, and should she be labeled a "cheater"? What can ITF do to prevent its athletes having similar pitfalls in the future? All that, plus transparency, TUEs, and more.

Reading material referenced in this episode:
  • The initial ITF decision against Sharapova
  • The CAS decision overturning the ITF decision and reducing ban from 24 to 15 months.
  • Ben's interview with Sharapova in the New York Times
  • ESPN's Outside the Lines report critical of tennis anti-doping systems.

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Tags: tennis · sports · maria sharapova · doping

Episode 145A: Maria Sharapova Tests Positive for Banned Substance

March 8th, 2016 · Comments


Talk about your emergency episodes. After Maria Sharapova dropped the bombshell that she had tested positive for a (recently) banned substance at the Australian Open, Ben discusses the facts of the case with doping expert Richard Ings. Who is to blame here? What is the likely punishment? Was it fair to expect Sharapova to realize that something she had taken without incident for a decade was suddenly verboten? What can be done to prevent this happening again?

We'll have much more on this story as it unfolds in coming days, so stay tuned to NCR. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · maria sharapova · women's sports · doping