Ukrainian gymnast Oleg Verniaiev was disqualified for four years from all sports competitions, including this year's Olympics in Tokyo. The athlete announced the decision of the gymnastics ethics committee on his Facebook.
"The GEF arbitration has ruled that the concentration of meldonium found in my body is sufficient to disqualify me for 4 years. Starting from November last year. This means that I will not go to the Olympics," he wrote.
According to Verniaiev, only one in a dozen tests gave a positive result. "A positive test only indicates the presence of a banned substance in the body, but does not indicate the guilt of the athlete," he added.
The gymnast is going to appeal the decision of higher authorities in court. "The struggle is just beginning," Verniaiev wrote.
According to a publication of German researchers from 2015, according to a number of studies, meldonium when taken during training increases athletic performance, endurance, improves recovery after performance, protects against stress and activates the central nervous system. Meldonium was added to the list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2015 (the decision came into force in 2016). Most often, this type of doping was used by Russian athletes.
Earlier, doping charges against Ukraine's Yastremska were dropped, and the athlete can join national Olympic team in Tokyo.