First Russian sprinter tests positive for meldonium: TASS

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Posted: Mar 20, 2016 10:22 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian sprinter Nadezhda Kotlyarova has tested positive for meldonium, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency since Jan. 1 this year, TASS news agency reported on Sunday.

Kotlyarova is the first Russian track-and-field athlete to test positive for meldonium since the ban.

Russia's athletics federation is racing against time to meet anti-doping standards dictated by the sports world governing body and have a cheating ban repealed in time for the Rio Olympics in August.

(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; editing by David Clarke)