Bobrova and Solovyov out of World Championships due to suspected doping violation
By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalists Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Solovyov have pulled out of the World Figure Skating Championships after a suspected doping violation, R-Sport news agency quoted Bobrova as saying on Monday.
Bobrova said a drugs test showed she had traces of Meldonium in her blood, which is used to treat chest pains, though it can increase fitness levels and is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list.
"Unfortunately we will be unable to take part in the World Championships in Boston," Bobrova was quoted as saying.
"The Russian Figure Skating Federation recently received a letter from the International Skating Union, which stated a drugs test I had taken after the European Championships showed traces of Meldonium," the 25-year-old said.
Bobrova also announced that she will not seek to have her "B" sample tested.
The pair's coach, Alexander Zhulin, said a large amount of the banned substance was found in Bobrova's system and said she may have taken the drug without knowing about it.
"Ekaterina is a sober and wise woman," he told R-Sport.
"She would never have done this in her life and the dose as far as I am concerned is quite big. This entered into her system during the final 24 hours of the European Championships. I am in shock and even demoralized about what has happened," Zhulin said. Continued...