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MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) should provide results of scientific research as well as its feasibility study explaining why it decided to include meldonium in the list of banned substances, a senior Russian sports official told TASS on Friday.
"The most adequate thing to do today is to ask about WADA’s cooperation with a group of scientists, request all information as well as to inquire what sort of scientific research was conducted and based on what it was decided to include the drug at the issue into the list of banned substances," Natalia Zhelanova, the head of the Russian Sports Ministry’s Anti-Doping Department, said in an interview with TASS.
Russian sports was hit this week by a new case in a chain of doping-related scandals after some of the country’s athletes tested positive for banned substance meldonium.
The drug meldonium (mildronate) was included in the list of preparations banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency from January 1, 2016, after which several Russian athletes tested positive for the banned substance.
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.
The presence of the meldonium substance in the athlete’s blood during and between competitions is a violation of anti-doping rules. The substance belongs to S4 class on the WADA blacklist (hormones and metabolic modulators).