Add to favorite
 
123
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS


Who is Meldonium?
March 13, 2016 23:55


Photo Credit: http://www.gmanetwork.com
The drug that shook the world by disrupting careers of global athletes is called meldonium, or mildronate. One of its main uses is to treat ischaemia, a heart condition, and many of the Russian athletes say it’s harmless and compare its effect to that of a vitamin.
It has been praised as one of the brainchildren of the Soviet defense industry. Produced and invented in Latvia, it is mainly distributed in Baltic countries and Russia. It is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States and is not authorised in the rest of Europe.
Wada found “evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance” by virtue of carrying more oxygen to muscle tissue.
The decision to add meldonium to the banned list was approved on 16 September 2015, and it came into effect on 1 January 2016. Wada had spent the previous year monitoring the drug before adding it to the banned list, according to its official statement.
“WADA is aware of the ongoing, and highly publicized, case concerning tennis player, Maria Sharapova. As is our normal process, and in order to protect the integrity of the case, WADA will refrain from commenting further until a decision has been issued by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Following that, WADA will review the reasons for the decision and subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),” ran the statement.
The drug was also mentioned in the latest investigative documentary on Russian doping involvement by the German Hajo Seppelt.
Meldonium is classed as an S4 substance under the Wada code, which addresses hormone and metabolic modulators.
Sharapova said she had been taking the drug for 10 years and failed to read the WADA memo sent out to warn athletes of the changes in the prohibited substances list.

According to the latest reports, about 99 athletes have tested positive for the drug, including Ukrainian biathletes, a Russian cyclist, volleyball player, a speed skater, two short track skaters and a female ice dancer. 




Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: Meldonium     

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Motto and Emblem of Sochi 2014 Russian Hockey Players are Ready for World Championships Investors from Arab Countries will be Invited to Participate in Russian National Projects Anti-Russian Sanctions Cost the EU Countries More Than 30 Billion Euros Inherits Of the Richest Russian Businessmen









Comment on our site


RSS   twitter      submit



TAGS:
Russia-Sweden  Anapa  Yusupovsky Garden  Moscow  Toropets  Murmansk Region  Russian business  Times and Eras  Events in Moscow  Russian scientists  Yakutia  Red Square  Voronezh   Dvortsovy Most  Russian Investigative Committee  Yevgeny Samoylov  Svetogorsk  Zhora Kryzhovnikov  train tickets Russia FIFA  Manors of Moscow  Exhibitions in Moscow  Maria Chambers-Bilibina  human rights  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Republic of Bashkortostan  Russian Romance Song  St. Petersburg  retail in Russia  Russian economy  St. Petersburg Museums  Belokurikha  Worls Space Week  Russian tourism  Stay Home Online Events  Moscow parks  Perm Territory  Zenit St. Petersburg  Russian Film Directors  Russian science  Russian tourist destinations  Exhibitions in Tver  Russian Cinema  Moscow Metro  Delphic Games  Bogolyubovo  Maria Callas  Leonid Desyatnikov  Sochi 2014  North Caucasus  Russian companies 


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites