A 14-year-old Russian girl was banned after being found to be in possession of meldonium

A 14-year-old Russian girl was banned after being found to be in possession of meldonium


The 14-year-old Russian has been banned for nine months after testing positive for meldonium in her second season, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) announced. Due to the player’s age, the ITIA did not want to reveal the player’s name.

After being selected for a random anti-doping test, the unnamed player tested positive for the metabolic modulator meldonium. “The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has confirmed that a Russian tennis player has been banned from the sport for nine months after admitting to violating the Tennis Anti-Doping Program (TADP) rules.

The players are not being named due to their age. The player was 14-years-old and was only playing in a second-tier ITF tournament in January 2022 when he was selected for an anti-doping test. The sample was sent to a WADA-accredited laboratory, which found meldonium in their A sample, which was later confirmed in the B sample.

Meldonium is a metabolism modulator, prohibited by WADA Prohibited List Section S4,” the ITIA statement read.

The player will be allowed to return at the beginning of 2023

The player’s suspension runs until December 4, meaning the 14-year-old can start the 2023 season in time.

“Due to the player’s age, status and inability to receive anti-doping medication, the penalty is set for nine months from the time the player was provisionally suspended (5 March 2022). This means the player is ineligible to compete. Until 4 December 2022, the sport’s governing bodies have approved, organized or attend or participate in sanctioned tennis events,” the statement said.

This is not the first case of suspension due to meldonium. In the year In 2016, Maria Sharapova was banned for two years after testing positive for meldonium. At the time, Sharapova said she had been taking meldonium for 10 years due to a magnesium deficiency and a family history of diabetes. Later, her ban was reduced to 15 months.

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