The silver medalist Anastasiya Mokhnyuk tested positive for meldonium
The Ukraine athlete who won the silver medal last month at the IAAF World Indoor Championship did not pass the meldonium test. She may not lose her medal yet, as the case is to be investigated. The announcement was made this Wednesday by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The Ukraine Athletics Federation claimed that the substance was banned only from January 1st, 2016 after their athlete finished on the second place in Portland. In their statement, they said that the drug was used solely for medication.
172 athletes have been reported till present days, but not all of them had to face the toughest sanctions. There were also cases where no punishments were implemented.
According to WADA rules, if less than one microgram of this substance is detected before 1st of March 2016, no fault will be imputed.
This rule gives Mokhnyuk (and all the other athletes who face this problem) hope that their case will be resolved, and they will no longer face suspension. This is an important decision, considering the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Besides the Ukraine athlete, another contestant who participated at the Portland event was tested positive. The Romanian Mirela Lavric failed the test at the Championships. If Mokhnyuk loses the bronze medal, her place will be taken by Alina Fyodorova, her team-mate, while the third place will be occupied by Kendell Williams from the United States.
Anastasiya is not the only Ukrainian athlete to be tested positive for meldonium. She joins Nataliia Lupa, who was not allowed to compete in Portland, Olga Abramova and Artem Tyschenko (The International Biathlon Union suspended both of them).
The final results in this situation are delayed due to the doubts regarding the accuracy of this test.