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MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Two Russian cyclists Anastasia Chulkova and Pavel Yakushevsky tested positive for the banned performance enhancing drug, meldonium, a source familiar with the situation told TASS on Friday.
Chulkova won the point race at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Yakushevsky is the bronze medalist in team sprint at the 2013 UEC European Track Championships. He tested doping positive in 2011.
"A couple of days ago, we learnt that meldonium was found in Yakushevsky’s and Chulkova’s doping tests. These are the only two cases in the track cycling team. All the other athletes are clean," the source said.
The team’s chief coach Sergei Kovpanets refused to comment on the situation, saying only that athletes must declare taking banned substances.
Russian sports was hit early this month by a new case in a chain of doping-related scandals after some of the country’s athletes tested positive for banned substance meldonium.
The drug meldonium (mildronate) was included in the list of preparations banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency from January 1, 2016, after which several Russian athletes tested positive for the banned substance. The presence of the meldonium substance in the athlete’s blood during and between competitions is a violation of anti-doping rules. The substance belongs to S4 class on the WADA blacklist (hormones and metabolic modulators).
By now, at least 20 Russian athletes have tested positive for meldinium. They include tennis player Maria Sharapova, swimmer Yulia Efimova, and speed skater Pavel Kulizhnikov.