: AFP: Gymnastics - Russian Kuksenkov positive for meldonium

18:06 Apr. 3, 2016

AFP: Gymnastics - Russian Kuksenkov positive for meldonium

Russia's Nikolai Kuksenkov swings on the horizontal bar as he competes in the men's qualifying of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship, Oct. 4, 2014 (AP Photo)

Last year WADA independent commission found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russian track and field 

European champion gymnast Nikolai Kuksenkov has become the latest Russian sportsman to test positive for the banned drug meldonium, local media reported Sunday, April 3.

"The sample which Kuksenkov gave for testing on March 15 showed the presence of the traces of meldonium," the Allsport agency quoted Russia's national gymnastics team head coach Valentina Rodionenko as saying.

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Rodionenko added that the gymnast took meldonium last year, before the drug has been included into the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list on January 1.

The 26-year-old Kuksenkov, who competed for Ukraine before 2012, finished fourth in the all-round event at London Olympics.
He won the 2014 European championship and was the top Russian gymnast at the 2015 World Championships, finishing sixth in the all-around after joining the Russian team.

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Meldonium was propelled into the headlines last month after Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova announced she had tested positive for the drug at the Australian Open in January. Full story 

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