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MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. Russian track-and-field athlete Nadezhda Kotlyarova, a silver medalist of the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in 4x400 relay race, has tested positive for meldonium, Kotlyarova’s personal coach Sergei Vorobyov told TASS on Sunday.
was taken during the Russian indoors championships. As soon as the results of the test were announced, Kotlyarova had to leave the team currently on a training session in Adler.
"This medicine was prescribed to Nadezhda by doctors. She had been taking it for at least six months before stopping to use it," Vorobyov said. "No one has ever told us how long it takes to clear the organism from this medicine. As a matter of fact, the situation looks strange. We aew waiting how the situation develops."
Kotlyarova was third in 400m race at the Russian indoor championships that was held in Moscow on February 23 through 25.
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.
Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned substances on 16 September 2015 effective starting 1 January 2016; it was previously on WADA's list of drugs to be monitored. WADA considers the drug to be a "metabolic modulator", similar to insulin. A December 2015 study in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis argued that meldonium "demonstrates an increase in endurance performance of athletes, improved rehabilitation after exercise, protection against stress, and enhanced activations of central nervous system (CNS) functions."
According to latest reports, more than a hundred of athletes have tested meldonium positive. The names of 15 athletes have already been made public. Along with Kotlyarova, they include ten Russians, namely tennis player Maria Sharapova, rugby players Alena and Alexei Mikhaltsovs, speed skater Pavel Kulizhnikov, biathlete Eduard Latypov, cyclist Eduard Vorganov, figure skater Yekaterina Bobrova, short-track skaters Semion Elistratov and Ekaterina Konstantinova, and volleyball player Aleksandr Markin.
Apart from that, Russian swimmer Yulia Yefimova has been suspended from competitions for violation of anti-doping rules. According to TASS information, she also tested positive for meldonium. On Thursday, a source told TASS, Russian bobsled racer Nadezhda Sergeyeva tested positive for meldonium.