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Episode 167: The Sharapova Resolution

October 12th, 2016

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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