The Russian Sports Minister has declared that Maria Sharapova's doping case is complicated.
The Russian superstar announced that she failed a drug test for meldonium in March and was immediately temporarily suspended from the sport until russian authorities conclude their investigation.
"Maria's case is more complicated," revealed Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.
“The concentration in her blood is above the norm. Maria took the formula for several year on her doctor's prescription.
"I am not going to announce if she will be able to avoid punishment or not. We just want her to restore her position in sport."
The World Anti-Doping Agency blacklisted meldonium – which strengthens endurance – from January 1 2016 and notified all athletes, including Sharapova, months before.
The five-time grand slam winner faces a maximum suspension of four years.