Maria Sharapova is given a two-year suspension for doping

The International Tennis Federation has announced Maria Sharapova has been given a two-year suspension '“ effective from 26 January 2016 '“ for committing an anti-doping violation.

Maria Sharapova's two year drugs ban is backdated to 26 January this year. Picture: Damian Dovarganes/AP

The former Wimbledon champion says she will appeal the ban.

The five-time grand slam winner will miss the Olympic Games in Rio this summer while the earliest grand slam she could next compete in will be the French Open in 2018.

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Sharapova, 29, failed a drugs test at the Australian Open in January.

She tested positive for meldonium, a substance she said she had been taking since 2006 for health issues.

Meldonium was categorised as a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the start of 2016.

Sportswear company Nike halted its relationship with the Russian as a result of the positive test.