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Russian curlers were timely warned of meldonium ban — curling federation’s chief

March 25, 19:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"The only issue at the moment is that we are waiting for our doctors to tell us how long it takes for meldonium to leave the body system," the president of the Russian Curling Federation says
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MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Russia’s curling players were warned in advance about the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) ban on the performance enhancing drug meldonium since the beginning of this year and at the moment are not consuming the substance, the president of the Russian Curling Federation (RCF), told TASS on Friday.

"Everything is all right with our federation," Dmitry Svishchev said in an interview with TASS. "We are not taking the banned substance. We have been timely informed about the list of banned substances."

"The only issue at the moment is that we are waiting for our doctors to tell us how long it takes for meldonium to leave the body system," he said. "I dearly hope that we stopped in time the consumption of the substance, which was earlier allowed."

"Some of them [Russian curlers] stopped taking it in September, some in October. Some never took it," Svishchev said.

Russian sports was hit early this month 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. 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).

Last year, Kazan, the capital of Russia’s republic of Tatarstan, won the right to host the 2016 World Mixed Curling Championship, which is scheduled to be held between October 15 and 22.

The WCF (World Curling Federation) already held one of its international events in Russia last year, when the Black Sea resort city of Sochi hosted the 2015 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship between April 18 and 25, 2015.

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