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LAUSANNE/Switzerland/, March 14. /TASS/. Meldonium that has been used by several Russian athletes will not be excluded from the list of banned drugs, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie told TASS on Monday.
Reedie said meldonium has been recently banned and changing the list is bad for athletes.
Some 100 athletes have tested positive for meldonium this year, according to the latest reports. The names of 14 athletes have been revealed. Ten Russians are among them: speed skater Pavel Kulizhnikov, biathlete Eduard Latypov, cyclist Eduard Vorganov, figure skater Yekaterina Bobrova, tennis player Maria Sharapova, short-track skaters Semyon Elistratov and Ekaterina Konstantinova, volleyball player Alexander Markin and rugby players Alexey and Alena Mikhaltsov.
Meldonium belongs to S4 class on the WADA blacklist (hormones and metabolic modulators). In sports, meldonium (mildronate) is used to enhance the human body’s endurance and ability to resist high physical strain during training and nervous and psychological stress during competitions. Since January 2016, the presence of the meldonium substance in the athlete’s blood during and between competitions is a violation of anti-doping rules.