Meldonium is now a banned drug for sportspersons. Image Courtesy – http://tass.ru/en
The World Anti-Doping Agency revealed that there had been 99 positive cases were found in tests for ‘Meldonium’ this year. ‘Meldonium’ was the drug found in the sample of Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open. Ben Nichols, the WADA spokesman, told that the drug had been banned since 1st January, and since then 99 unfavourable scientific detections had been recorded for ‘Meldonium’ till date.
Meldonium, a blood-stream boosting drug delivered in Latvia, is most normal in Eastern European and previous Soviet nations, where it is regularly accessible over the medicine counter.
Seven of the 16 committed cases originate from Russian athletes, including Sharapova, who acknowledged being positive in test at a news conference. Sharapova said that she has been taking ‘Meldonium’ for a long time for different health issues, also expressed her ignorance about the banned drug. Different cases include competitors from Ukraine, Georgia and Sweden.
The World Anti-Doping Agency revealed that there had been 99 positive cases were found in tests for ‘Meldonium’ this year. Image Courtesy – Russia Beyond
Competitors who fall flat doping tests can confront a suspension up to 4 years for a first offence; however significant depletion can be forced on them if they show that they have not proposed to improve their performance. Apart from Sharapova, the other sportspersons who tested positive were – Russian speed-skater Semyon Elistratov, Ice dance of Russia Ekaterina Bobrova and wrestler of Georgia Davit Modzmanashvili.
WADA reported in September that ‘Meldonium’, which was once used to support the perseverance of Soviet troops, would be banned from 2016, referring to confirmation of the ‘performance-increasing benefits’ of the drug and its far-reaching use in global games.
Since Sharapova reported that she tried positive, the Russian government has censured WADA. Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia said on Thursday that ‘Meldonium’ should never be banned, contending that it would not upgrade the performance of a sportsman.
Inside of Russia, senior officials have been blaming between organization authorities, group specialists and the competitors themselves. The leader of the speedskating league has said that he associated a few individuals with spiking their fellow team members with ‘Meldonium’ so that they would test positive.
On Friday, the Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko informed the Interfax news agency that an enquiry has been in process to reveal the mystery that in which way numerous sportsmen tested positive.
Leading sports doctor & Professor of sports medicine at La Trobe University of Australia, Dr Peter Brukner, disclosed the purpose of utilization of ‘Meldonium’.
Meldonium is an anti-ischemic medicine which helps in improving circulation, especially in the brain. It is delivered out of Latvia, and has been around for quite a long time; now it is usually utilized in the section of northern Europe.
It is likewise utilized for heart conditions, for example, angina, heart attack, heart failure and in some cases after strokes. Angina causes due to restricted blood flow enter into the heart in specific cases. There was a rumour that numerous athletes have been utilized this medicine for quite a long time.
This is the conclusion that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has come to – that the medicine used to boost up performance in sports.
On January 1, 2016, the medicine was added to the list of banned drugs. It was not finished with a great deal of promotion. In any case, it was the sportsperson’s business to recognize what was on the banned list, and the people in the field of sports should update their knowledge about current events. The banned list was promptly accessible – every doctor has been accessing to it for searching information of what substances have been added.
The World Anti-Doping Authority put it on its checking list a year ago to watch out for its utilization and tried to make an assessment of how broadly it was being utilized.