Some meldonium users could escape punishment after WADA clarifies rules

A grey area around how long meldonium stays in your system means some athletes with low levels found in their sample could escape punishment

Eduard Volganov (Katusha) tested positive for meldonium early in 2016 (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Athletes who have tested positive for meldonium may receive no punishment if less than one microgram of the drug was detected in their sample.

The drug was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency on January 1 and only athletes failing a test before March 1 could be in for a reprieve due to the length of time that the drug could stay in an athlete's system.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.