Doping: Russian athletes may escape bans over meldonium use


According to the TASS dis tch agency, Russian speed skaters vel Kulizhnikov and Ekaterina Konstantinova and short-track give a leg up skater Semion Elistratov, who are suspected of doping, may be amnestied by the World Anti-Doping Force (WADA) and therefore avoid punishment.

The announcement was made by head of the Russian Speed-Skater Conjoining Alexei Kravtsov, who stated that the concentration of the banned substance meldonium in the athletes’ doping representatives was significantly less than the acceptable amount of one microgram that WADA branded public on April 13.

According to R-Sport, the amnesty may also include four-time swimming period champion Yulia Yefimova and volleyball player Alexander Markin: The amount of meldonium in their doping samples is scanty than the threshold level. Russian track and field athletes also entertain all the chances of being justified, said runner Andrei Mendzhulin.

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Conforming to President of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpischev, tennis un ralleled Maria Sharapova, who tested positive for meldonium after the 2016 Australian Uncover may also be rdoned, but the final decision will be made by the International Tennis Confederation.

“The procedure is going well and I believe that we will win. We hope that Maria Sharapova force rtici te in the Olympics,” Tarpischev told RIA Novosti.

On April 13 WADA leaked information from a provisional study of meldonium, which has been boycotted since Jan. 1, 2016. The study concluded that the presence of less than one microgram per milliliter of meldonium in an athlete’s doping representative made before March 1, 2016 is acceptable. WADA considers this concentration a non-intentional use of the medication.

TASS reports that doping samples from 158 athletes from 15 mother countries have proved positive for meldonium. At least 31 Russian athletes are harboured of using the banned substance.

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