MOSCOW, March 24./TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has dismissed accusations of the British Times newspaper about the agency’s concealing two positive tests for erythropoietin in swimming, it said in a statement.
The Times reported on Wednesday that, according to daily’s own investigations, Russian swimmers had been in recent systematically consuming banned performance enhancing drugs.
According to The Times, its investigations "uncovered an alarming picture of systematic drug use" in Russian swimming over the past decade.
Two weeks ago Russian sports was hit by a new case in a chain of doping-related scandals after some of the country’s athletes tested positive for banned substance meldonium.
Athletes use meldonium (mildronate) to increase resistance to high strenuous activity and physical strain during training sessions as well as for easing emotional, nervous and psychological stresses at competitions.
The formula is also used for preventive treatment of heart problems predominantly in the Commonwealth of Independent States. WADA blacklisted meldonium as a prohibited drug as of January 1, 2016. The formula refers to S4 class in the WADA list (hormones and metabolism modulators).
Yulia Efimova, who is Russia’s 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in swimming, the four-time world champion and many times winner of European tournaments, said on Monday her doping sample taken in February had showed the presence of meldonium.