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Sharapova's failed drug test

Episode 160308 / 08 Mar 2016

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 8 March 2016. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

a) Maria Sharapova has been banned from playing tennis after drugs were found in her body.

b) One of Maria Sharapova's sponsors has stopped employing her after drugs were found in her body.

c) Maria Sharapova has denied using banned drugs after a banned substance was found in her body.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are three definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

outcome
final result

tested positive
had banned drugs found in her body following a medical test

let her fans down
made her supporters disappointed by not reaching the standard they expected

Step 3: Transcript and answer

The sportswear company Nike says it's suspending its relationship with the Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova after she announced that she'd failed a drugs test at this year's Australian Open.

Nike said it would await the outcome of an investigation.

Sharapova earlier said she had tested positive for meldonium, a drug used to treat blood flow restriction, and had failed to notice that the tennis authorities had moved it to the list of banned substances last December. She said that she had let her fans down.

Answer

b) One of Maria Sharapova's sponsors has stopped employing her after drugs were found in her body.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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