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    The decision to allow Maria Sharapova to participate in 2016 Summer Olympics will be decided by the end of the current Roland-Garros tournament, Russian Federation of Tennis President Shamil Tarpischev said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The decision to allow Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be decided by the end of the current Roland-Garros tournament currently underway and ending on June 5, Russian Federation of Tennis President Shamil Tarpischev said Thursday.

    "By the end of the first week of the Roland-Garros [tournament], the issue of Sharapova’s participation in the Olympic Games should be decided. We’re entering her for the Olympics. The application needs to be submitted before June 6, and as long as there is no ban yet, we are submitting her in the application for the Olympics," Tarpischev told R-Sport.

    In March, Sharapova, who is a five-time Grand Slam champion, announced that she had tested positive for meldonium, which was added to the list of banned substances on January 1, 2016, by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). She said her family doctor began issuing the substance, also known as mildronate, in 2006 because of health problems.

    ​A number of Russian top athletes besides Sharapova, including swimmer Yulia Efimova, figure skater Ekaterina Bobrova and biathlonist Eduard Latypov, among others, have failed a drug test for meldonium.

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