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Russia’s Olympian bobsledder Sergeyeva tests positive for meldonium — source

March 17, 19:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the source, the case of the doping abuse with Nadezhda Sergeyeva is currently the only one among all of the Russian national bobsledders
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Nadezhda Sergeyeva

Nadezhda Sergeyeva

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MOSCOW, March 17. /TASS/. Nadezhda Sergeyeva, a female bobsledder of the Russian national team and a 2014 Olympian, tested positive for banned substance meldonium, a source in the Russian Bobsleigh Federation told TASS on Thursday.

According to the source, the case of the doping abuse with Sergeyeva is currently the only one among all of the Russian national bobsledders.

"Traces of meldonium were discovered in the doping sample of Sergeyeva," the source said in an interview with TASS. "All of the rest of bobsledders have no such problems."

Russian sports was hit last 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).

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