Russian heavyweight boxer Alexander Povetkin denied having taken meldonium after it was banned during a press conference in Moscow on Monday, after his fight with American heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder was postponed for an indefinite period.
Head of Mir Boksa (Boxing World) promotion company Andrei Ryabinskii gave his full support to the fighter, stating that Povetkin “did not fail the doping test” as the meldonium in his blood was “15 times lower than the prohibited level.”
The fight between Povetkin and Deontay Wilder was scheduled to take place on May 21. However the Russian athlete was tested positive during the doping tests in April, with the latest news showing 70 nanograms of meldonium in his blood. According to Ryabinskii, sanctions cannot be imposed on the athlete as the prohibited level is 1,000 nanograms.
Meldonium was added to the banned substances list by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on January 1, 2016.