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MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Russia’s Ministry of Sport has submitted a request to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to get results of scientific research on the recently banned drug meldonium if it was ever conducted, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Monday.
"Now we have sent a request to WADA asking it to give us information if they carried out research on meldonium washout period and if they could provide it to us," Mutko said.
"At the same time, I would like to tell all our athletes, specialists and doctors: this drug needs to stop being taken," he added.
Meldonium or (mildronate) was included in the list of drugs banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency from January 1, 2016, after which several Russian athletes tested positive for the banned substance.
Ten Russian athletes are among those who used meldonium: speed skater Pavel Kulizhnikov, biathlete Eduard Latypov, cyclist Eduard Vorganov, figure skater Yekaterina Bobrova, tennis player Maria Sharapova, short-track skaters Semion Elistratov and Ekaterina Konstantinova, volleyball player Aleksandr Markin and rugby players Alexey and Alena Mikhaltsov.
Presence of the 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).