Elite tennis player Maria Sharapova’s fall out over banned substance Meldonium has been all over the news the past couple of weeks. This drug was added to the list of prohibited substances only in January 2016 and as of the 15th of March 2016 it has already been reported in 100 athletes.
Meldonium is used in Eastern Europe to treat angina and heart stroke: severe cardiovascular problems related to lack of blood supply to vital muscles. It is unlikely that any of those elite athletes actually suffered from those diseases. Most of them were taking the drug with the aim of enhancing
their performance- and they were getting away with it.
Ironically, the performance enhancing properties of this drug- and of many of the other doping substances- have never been conclusively proved. Continue reading