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Russian skier Vichuzhanin cleared of temporary doping suspension — coach

April 25, 2016, 13:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian skier Kirill Vichuzhanin was suspended after he tested positive for banned performance enhancing drug meldonium

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MOSCOW, April 25. /TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has lifted a temporary suspension term of Russian skier Kirill Vichuzhanin, imposed last month after he tested positive for banned performance enhancing drug meldonium, his coach Pyort Vichuzhanin told TASS on Monday.

"RUSADA sent us a paper stating that Kirill’s temporary suspension has been cancelled," the personal coach and father of the 23-year-old skier said in an interview with TASS.

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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