Eduard Vorganov ready to return to racing in case of meldonium amnesty

Eduard Vorganov's coach claims the Russian is getting ready to return to racing and has asked the UCI to clarify the amount of meldonium in his positive sample

Eduard Vorganov (Sunada)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Katusha's Eduard Vorganov is ready to return to racing if his suspension for testing positive for meldonium is overturned by the UCI, according to his coach.

The Russian has not raced since the news of his positive test came to light in February - one of the first in a succession of meldonium positives in recent months.

But with the World Anti-Doping Agency stating earlier this month that athletes with less than one microgram of the drug in their sample may not receive a ban, Vorganov is getting ready to compete again.

"Neither he (Vorganov), nor the Russian Cycling Federation have information on the discovered volume (of Meldonium's concentration)," Vorganov's coach Alexander Tolkachev said, according to Russian news agency TASS.

"He made an inquiry via his lawyer with the ICU and we do not know how long it would take them to reply.

"He wants to return as he is a real professional."

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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.