Maria Sharapova speaks to the media announcing a failed drug test after the 2015 Australian Open during a press conference today at The LA Hotel Downtown.
Sharapova said she had been taking the drug mildronate, also known as meldonium, for 10 years for numerous health issues. Several other athletes have tested positive for the drug since it was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list in January 2016. Sharapova said she did not know midronate and meldonium were the same drug and was unaware of the rule change.
The drug is popular in former Soviet Union countries for among other things fighting heart disease.