Twenty-seven Russian athletes tested positive for meldonium

Twenty-seven Russian sportsmen tested positive for banned-drug Meldonium

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Mildronate (Meldonium) medication is pictured in the pharmacy in Saulkrasti, Latvia, in this March 9, 2016 file photo

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday that a total of 27 Russian sportsmen had already tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, R-Sport news agency reported.

A total of around 127 sportsmen have tested positive for meldonium globally, he said.

"Twenty-seven have tested positive for meldonium and there are some 127 cases in the world," Mutko told R-Sport news agency. "But these figures can change."

He said the punishment handed out by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to a group of Russian speed walkers was not "completely right".

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