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Maria Sharapova Won't Be Winning A Gold Medal Anytime Soon

A decision on her suspension from tennis has been pushed back to September.

By Ryan Biek | July 11, 2016

Maria Sharapova won't have a chance at an Olympic gold medal this August.  

The tennis star is fighting a two-year ban for doping, and a ruling was supposed to be ready as soon as next week. Instead, Sharapova and the International Tennis Federation have agreed to push the decision back to September. 

That means the Russian tennis star will definitively be sitting out of the 2016 Summer Olympics that begin in August. 

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Sharapova and the ITF said they needed more time to prepare their cases, so the two sides agreed on delaying the ruling.  

Sharapova tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January, a little more than two weeks after it was officially banned. 

SEE MORE: Maria Sharapova's Failed Drug Test Is Costing Her Millions In Sponsors 

She said in March she takes full responsibility for the failed drug test, but also said she was unaware at the time the drug had been banned. It was originally made for heart patients, and Sharapova claims to have taken it since 2006 for her health, not performance enhancement.

The delayed ruling means Sharapova will also miss the U.S. Open taking place after the Olympics. 

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