Photos of the week: fire in a giant migrant camp, Trump's flag hug and a 'river of sheep'Society & Culture October 28, 18:49
US-led coalition increase intensity of air strikes near Mosul — Russian General StaffWorld October 28, 18:02
Russian General Staff asks Putin for permission to continue strikes at militants in AleppoRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 28, 17:56
Russian tennis chief favors relocating ATP World Tour Finals to Moscow from LondonSport October 28, 17:51
DPR official says Kiev beefs up positions deploying rocket artillery to DonbassWorld October 28, 17:48
Israeli investors arrive in Crimea to assess venues for future investment projectsBusiness & Economy October 28, 17:26
Rosneft sells 11% in Vankorneft to India’s ONGC VideshBusiness & Economy October 28, 17:23
Rosneft files application for buyout of 100% in Bashneft — regulatorBusiness & Economy October 28, 17:20
Inside Mosul offensive against Islamic StateWorld October 28, 16:41
MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has called on the law enforcement agencies to investigate the doping row.
"Meldonium is banned. Period. [It has been on the black list of the World Anti-Doping Agency since January 1, 2016 - TASS]. This means that we should no longer use it," Mutko said. "I do hope that all these cases will force the athletes and federations to avoid using this formula. I would like the law enforcement agencies to check everything. An administrative investigation is necessary. I do not rule out that some legal amendments may follow. Possibly criminal responsibility will be expanded. For now administrative punishment should certainly be introduced."
Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, in February hosted a meeting of the council of experts who discussed the possibility of introducing criminal punishment for the violation of anti-doping rules. A member of the committee for physical culture, sports and youth affairs, Sergey Alekseyev, said the committee looked into foreign experience to have drafted four amendments to the Criminal Code. Athletes using doping may face a prison term of two to four years.
Meldonium (also known as mildronate) was blacklisted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on January 1, 2016. Several Russian athletes have since tested positive. The presence of this formula in the athlete’s blood during and between competition is a violation of anti-doping rules. The substance belongs with S4 class on the WADA black list (hormones and metabolic modulators).
Those who have proved to have used meldonium since are cyclist Eduard Vorganov, figure skater Yekaterina Bobrova, tennis player Maria Sharapova, skater Pavel Kulizhnikov, short-track skaters Semion Elistratov and Ekaterina Konstantinova, volleyball player Aleksandr Markin and biathlete Eduard Latypov.