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ISU lifts bans on three Russian skaters suspended for meldonium abuse

April 21, 19:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian speed skaters Pavel Kulizhnikov and Yekaterina Konstantinova were temporarily banned after they all tested positive for banned performance enhancing drug meldonium
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Pavel Kulizhnikov

Pavel Kulizhnikov

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MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. The International Skating Union (ISU) announced on Thursday its decision to lift temporary bans imposed earlier on Russian speed skaters Pavel Kulizhnikov and Yekaterina Konstantinova as well as short-track skater Semyon Yelistratov, President of the Russian Skating Union (RSU) Alexei Kravtsov told TASS.

"We have received an official letter from the ISU today stating that their suspension was scrapped as of today and an investigation into their alleged violation of anti-doping regulations was stopped," Kravtsov said in an interview with TASS. "Therefore, we are not planning to strip them of their medals and titles."

The athletes at the issue were temporarily banned after they all tested positive for banned performance enhancing drug meldonium.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced on April 13 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.

The drug meldonium (mildronate) was included in the list of preparations banned by WADA 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.

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