"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.