RUSADA to send 24 meldonium cases to disciplinary anti-doping committee

The committee is due to make a decision on each case

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) will send full documentations concerning instances of Russian athletes testing positive for meldonium to the anti-doping disciplinary committee, which is due to make a decision on each case in the very near future, RUSADA's acting general director Anna Antseliovich said.

"Based on the recommendations obtained from WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency], during the results processing we requested from WADA-accredited laboratories concentrations of banned substances in every sample. All of these cases, there are 24 of them, will soon, probably this week, be sent to the disciplinary anti-doping committee that is not dependent on RUSADA, and it will be making decisions based on the recommendations issued by WADA," Antseliovich told reporters on April 13.

The committee could decide to replace temporary disqualification with a warning to the athletes, she said. If it is proven that meldonium was taken after January 1, the athletes' results will be cancelled.

"If, in accordance with the concentration, it is possible to establish the absence of guilt or negligence, the committee will consider the explanations provided by the athletes earlier, and make decisions as to their guilt or a possibility to ascertain the absence of guilt or negligence," Antseliovich said.

For her part, Russian Sports Minister's anti-doping advisor, Natalya Zhelanova, said that approximately 40-43 Russian athletes have tested positive for meldonium, but some of their cases are not with RUSADA but with international sports federations, which, too, will consider their cases on an individual basis.

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