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Russian cyclist Vorganov ready for return in light of WADA findings — coach

April 14, 16:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
WADA announced on Wednesday that the concentration of less than one microgram of meldonium in the body system of an athlete, whose doping tests were conducted before March 1, was acceptable
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Eduard Vorganov

Eduard Vorganov

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MOSCOW, April 14. /TASS/. Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov, who retired after testing positive for banned substance meldonium early this year, is ready to resume his career in case he is amnestied in light of the recent recommendations from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), his coach Alexander Tolkachev told TASS on Thursday.

WADA announced on Wednesday that the concentration of less than one microgram of meldonium in the body system of an athlete, whose doping tests were conducted before March 1, was acceptable and the athlete at the issue was not a subject to any sanctions whatsoever.

Tolkachev said in an interview with TASS that Vorganov filed an inquiry with the International Cycling Union (ICU) asking the organization to provide data on meldonium’s concentration in his doping sample.

"Neither he [Vorganov], nor the Russian Cycling Federation have information on the discovered volume [of meldonium’s concentration]," Tolkachev said. "He made an inquiry via his lawyer with the ICU and we do not know how long it would take them to reply."

"He wants to return as he is a real professional," the coach of the 33-year-old cycling racer, who is Russia’s 2012 champion in team race, added.

The UCI announced on February 5 that a doping probe of Russian cyclist Vorganov, racing for the Team Katyusha, tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug. The Sample A probe was taken during an off-season period, namely on January 14, 2016, and revealed a positive result for the presence of the banned substance Meldonium in the blood system of Vorganov.

The drug meldonium (mildronate) was included in the list of preparations banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency from January 1, 2016. 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).

Meldronate is a cardiovascular preparation freely available for purchase at pharmacies across Russia without doctor’s prescription.

According to WADA’s most recent data, a total of over 170 doping samples worldwide tested positive for meldonium, including some 30 Russian athletes. Among them are tennis star Maria Sharapova, Olympic medalist in swimming Yulia Efimova and Olympic medalist in speed skating Pavel Kulizhnikov.

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