March 25, 2016 / 12:59 PM / in 2 years

Twenty-seven Russian sportsmen tested positive for meldonium: R-Sport

Mildronate (Meldonium) medication is pictured in the pharmacy in Saulkrasti, Latvia, in this March 9, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday that a total of 27 Russian sportsmen had already tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, R-Sport news agency reported.

A total of around 127 sportsmen have tested positive for meldonium globally, he said.

He said the punishment handed out by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to a group of Russian speed walkers was not “completely right”.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Alexander Winning

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