Hundreds of Russian athletes used meldonium before it was banned, say sports minister

Vitaly Mutko confirms that many Russian athletes used meldonium before it was banned, with 40 under investigation

Packaging of Midronate, aka Meldonium (Photo: Mildronats/CC3.0)

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko admits that several hundred Russian athletes were using meldonium before it was banned on January 1, with 40 now under investigation.

Interfax, a Russian news agency, reported on Thursday (April 7) that 30 per cent of sports teams in the country had used the drug, according to Mutko.

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