Meldonium traces found in the doping tests of two Russian rugby athletes

The Rugby Union of Russia has confirmed that meldonium were found in the tests of two players from Russian rugby-7 national teams, the federation said.

The Rugby Union of Russia has confirmed that meldonium traces were found in the doping tests of two athletes from Russian rugby-7 national teams, the federation said on its official website.

The names of the athletes have not been disclosed.

"A member of the men's rugby-7 national team accepted the positive results of the probe of his 'A'sample, refusing to see the 'B' sample opened. A member of the women's rugby-7 national team denies having taken any prohibited drugs or substances and is going to request for opening the 'B' sample in due order," the federation said in a statement.

"The both athletes have been suspended from competing at the events held by the Rugby Federation of Russia in rugby, rugby-7, and beach rugby, starting on February 4 (for the male athlete) and on February 26 (for the female athlete)," it said.

A working commission has been formed to investigate into the cases where the banned substance was used, according to the federation.

"Acting jointly with the WORLD RUGBY anti-doping department, the commission is currently investigating into these violations committed by the Russian athletes, rugby players," the federation said.

In the meantime, a source close to the Rugby Union of Russia told Interfax on Friday that Alyona Mikhaltsova and Alexei Mikhaltsov tested positive for meldonium.

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