This happened after USADA in 2014 worried about that Meldonium has taken many athletes from Eastern Europe. After that, overseas, the Agency discussed the effect of the drug and raised the issue of the prohibition of Meldonium during its annual Symposium, which was held in Phoenix (Arizona, USA) in October 2014.
WADA further checked 8,3 thousand randomly selected urine samples of athletes. In the end, Meldonium found in 182 samples, representing 2.2 per cent. All samples belonged exclusively to athletes from Eastern Europe. A year later, in October 2015, WADA has included drug in the list of prohibited substances both in competition and out-of-competition periods. The substance was classified as "Hormones and modulators of metabolism", to act on his ban started from 1 January 2016.
At the moment for the use of Meldonium removed from the competition and expect the disqualification of eight Russians: cyclist Eduard Vorganov, figure skater Ekaterina Bobrova, tennis player Maria Sharapova, skater Paul Kulizhnikov, short-trackers semen Elistratov and Ekaterina Konstantinova, volleyball player Alexander Markin and team Edward Latypov. Also suspended and two representatives of the national team of Ukraine on biathlon — Artem Tishchenko and Olga Abramova.
Today the head of the Latvian anti-doping Department of state sports medicine centre Gatis Berkis in the program "600 seconds" channel LNT has declared, that the Latvian drug Mildronate (which is Meldonium) previously very widely used local sportsmen.
Overall, Berkes noted that in Latvia the average percentage of users in the doping of athletes is quite high, so in the Olympic year (summer in Rio de Janeiro will host the XXXI Olympics) attention from anti-doping agencies to the Latvian sportsmen will be particularly close.