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'Ban drug cheats for life' - World boxing champion Carl Frampton says the book should be thrown at Maria Sharapova

Published 10/03/2016 | 13:05

Carl Frampton and (right) Maria Sharapova
Carl Frampton and (right) Maria Sharapova

Carl Frampton has said he has no sympathy for Maria Sharapova over her drugs test failure.

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Sharapova stunned the tennis world by admitting she failed a test during January's Australian Open for the banned substance Meldonium, a drug which she said she had taken on medical advice for 10 years.

Sharapova accepted full responsibility for failing to read a notice sent to her in December by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which added the drug to its banned list this year because of fears that it was being used to enhance performances.

Speaking to the BBC, two-time world boxing champ Carl Frampton said he had no sympathy for Sharapova.

The Jackal said: "We need to be very stringent and strict with ourselves and to make mistakes, especially at the highest level, I don't know, I don't agree with it.

"Coming from a sport that I am in - where people can potentially lose their lives - I look at drug taking as a complete no-no.

"And if you fail a drug test - especially in my sport - you should be banned for life," the Belfast boxer said.

Frampton was in Manchester for a recording of the BBC's Question of Sport.

Belfast Telegraph

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