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Meldonium is an anti-ischemic drug used clinically to treat angina, myocardial infarction and chronic heart failure. It is manufactured in Latvia under the commercial name of Mildronate and is one of the countries largest exports, with turnover reaching EUR 65 million in 2013. It is not yet approved by the FDA for use in the USA.

Meldonium was added to the WADA list of banned substances on January 1st, 2016 because of “evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance.”

One review of the effects of Meldonium on exercise performance listed the following benefits:

  • Decreased levels of lactate and urea in blood
  • Improved economy of glycogen: level of glycogen increased in the cells during the long-lasting exercise
  • Increased endurance properties and aerobic capabilities of athletes
  • Improved functional parameters of heart activity
  • Increased physical work capabilities
  • Increased rate of recovery after maximal and sub-maximal loads
  • Activates CNS functions and protects against stress


WADA analysis of 8000+ B samples produced nearly 200 positives for this substance.

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Katusha Rider, Eduard Vorganov, was banned for Meldonium.


Any others?
 

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So, if no one on this forum cares that Sharapova was also taking it it's clearly a witch hunt against Lance?
 

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So, if no one on this forum cares that Sharapova was also taking it it's clearly a witch hunt against Lance?
That falls under :whoops:

Sharapova insisted that she had been taking a medicine prescribed by her doctor for the past decade that was not included on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of performance-enhancing substances.

Maria Sharapova fails drugs test - Sports Mole
 

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That falls under :whoops:

Sharapova insisted that she had been taking a medicine prescribed by her doctor for the past decade that was not included on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of performance-enhancing substances.

Maria Sharapova fails drugs test - Sports Mole
TBH, I can understand her statement.

The mountain of banned drugs under WADA etc is huge....and trying to keep track of what is banned effective when has become pretty ridiculous. Most people on the streets are probably taking drugs or substances banned under WADA, as the list is that huge.


Considering how long the drug has been around, it is odd that it was just added to the banned list in January
 

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The mountain of banned drugs under WADA etc is huge....and trying to keep track of what is banned effective when has become pretty ridiculous. Most people on the streets are probably taking drugs or substances banned under WADA, as the list is that huge.
Of all the excuses apologists make, this is the most baffling. Since the average person isn't subject to WADA restrictions, why should their compliance or lack thereof have any bearing on athletes subject to the code?

And given the amount of money Sharapova pays to coaches, hitting partners, doctors, nutritionists, lawyers, personal assistants, etc., she couldn't be bothered to have one of them check the prohibited items list in December when the notice of changes came out? Don't be ridiculous.
 

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Of all the excuses apologists make, this is the most baffling. Since the average person isn't subject to WADA restrictions, why should their compliance or lack thereof have any bearing on athletes subject to the code?

And given the amount of money Sharapova pays to coaches, hitting partners, doctors, nutritionists, lawyers, personal assistants, etc., she couldn't be bothered to have one of them check the prohibited items list in December when the notice of changes came out? Don't be ridiculous.
And what other viable explanation do you have as to why suddenly 200+ athletes would all get popped the same day for the same PED that has only been banned a bit over 2 months? Did they all think WADA was bluffing? Or was it that they thought WADA was too incompetent? Or perhaps they thought they had a line and WADA was too corrupt to actually check their samples for the PEDs they themselves ban?

I mean it isn't like they were caught with a masking agent implying a PED that can escape detection...they were caught red-handed using PEDs.

I'm not apologizing for anyone. Just looking at it from the armchair fan POV, and find "I didn't know" the most rational excuse for why a bunch of pro athletes all popped blatantly for using the same drug all suddenly had positive B samples at once.
 

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TBH, I can understand her statement.

The mountain of banned drugs under WADA etc is huge....and trying to keep track of what is banned effective when has become pretty ridiculous. Most people on the streets are probably taking drugs or substances banned under WADA, as the list is that huge.


Considering how long the drug has been around, it is odd that it was just added to the banned list in January
You would think that any drug you are taking you would inform WADA about and get a TUE if it was really needed.
 

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I thought she was Serbian, or, as they say over there, Srbn.
 

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Why was she taking this drug for a decade?


You would think that any drug you are taking you would inform WADA about and get a TUE if it was really needed.
But you only need a TUE if the drug is banned.

Are you saying run everything past WADA and get the TUE if it is on the list? Well, that goes back to it just showing up on the list in January.
 

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Why did WADA wait so long to include it on their banned list???? If it's proven to enhance performance, it should be added automatically, not wait to see if athletes are using it. Of course some athletes are going to try anything to get the upper hand, it's their goal to win.
 

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Of all the excuses apologists make, this is the most baffling. Since the average person isn't subject to WADA restrictions, why should their compliance or lack thereof have any bearing on athletes subject to the code?

And given the amount of money Sharapova pays to coaches, hitting partners, doctors, nutritionists, lawyers, personal assistants, etc., she couldn't be bothered to have one of them check the prohibited items list in December when the notice of changes came out? Don't be ridiculous.
"Sharapova said she did not open a Dec. 22 email from WADA that would have notified her of the change."
surely you cannot expect a pro athlete to lower themselves to open mail.
 

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The sheer stupidity of this is breathtaking.

She was close to retiring in any case. She could have done so with no blemish to her reputation.

Was the highest paid female athlete, mainly down to endorsement deals which are now quickly collapsing.

She received a letter in December warning that this drug was now banned. She didn't bother to pay attention to it.
 

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If it's proven to enhance performance, it should be added automatically, not wait to see if athletes are using it.
Two things there.

First, there are plenty of things that can enhance performance which are *not* banned, from inhalers to caffeine to beet juice.

Next, some athletes were using it. 2% of the 8000 B samples they tested *prior* to the ban were positive for it.




I think that if someone was a Sharapova fan before this they will continue to be a Sharapova fan after this.
 

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and "potential" diabetes, as well :rolleyes:
If she's talking about Type 1, I don't think that there's any way to prevent it. It's starting to show up in people in their 30s and 40s, not just kids.

Even if she's genetically pre-disposed to Type 2, with her age and fitness level, she's probably 20-30 years away.
 
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