Meldonium may be excluded from the list of banned drugs world anti-doping Agency (WADA). This was stated by the Minister of sports of Russia Vitaly Mutko in an interview coming out on TV channel “Russia” the program “Vesti on Saturday”, fragments of which leads “Interfax”.
“In the history of Russian sport has been the case bromantane, because of which were suspended many Olympic Champions. Then we have proved that this drug is still two criteria does not match”, — said Mutko. At the same time, he added that “this is a separate issue”. “Do I assume in the case of Meldonium? Yes, I admit. I now have every case just to investigate, to stop talking about them, the press conference to collect. After death the doctor,” he said.
Mutko urged international sports organizations to not respond to pressure from the foreign press and to make informed decisions, and also stressed that Russia aimed to combat doping, stands for clean sport and voluntarily went to reset its anti-doping system.
On 11 March, the head of the organization of sports medicine of Federal medical-biological Agency (FMBA) Julia Miroshnikov said that its main task the organization believes the need to figure out how to exclude Meldonium from among illicit drugs, and to understand how it came to this list.
The doping scandal surrounding the use of Meldonium by Russian athletes has erupted on 7 March. Within a few days using illegal from January 2016 of the drug were found the former first racket of the world Maria Sharapova, five-time world champion skater Pavel Kulizhnikov, Olympic champion 2014 in the relay short-speed skater semen Elistratov, Olympic champion and Sochi 2014 figure skater Ekaterina Bobrova, volleyball outside hitter of team Russia and Moscow “Dynamo” Alexander Markin and several other athletes. All of them facing disqualification for a period of two years.
The Creator of the drug the Latvian Ivars kalvinš refused to consider Meldonium doping, noting that it protects the heart from stress, and called the ban of the substance a violation of human rights.
At the Olympic games-1996 in Atlanta 16 Russian athletes came under suspicion in the use of bromantan, seven of them were disqualified. Technically, by the time the banned drug was, therefore, filed an appeal in sports arbitration, and the case eventually was won. He bromantan soon officially banned.