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Russia says positive meldonium tests not related to Rio preparations: TASS

Reuters , Monday 21 Mar 2016
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaks to the media during a news conference following a meeting held to hear reports and elect new officials of Russia's Athletics Federation (ARAF) in Moscow, Russia, January 16, 2016. (Reuters)
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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday positive meldonium tests in Russian athletics were not related to preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games, TASS news agency reported.

"A monitoring system for athletics is under way and working normally," TASS quoted Mutko as saying. "Everyone who is preparing for the games is being monitored. But the issue of meldonium is a separate issue."

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