Marat Safin on Maria Sharapova´s Meldonium case: ´There has to be a technical mistake behind this situation´



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Marat Safin on Maria Sharapova´s Meldonium case: ´There has to be a technical mistake behind this situation´

Marat Safin does not think Russian athletes took Meldonium intentionally. Among these ones there is Maria Sharapova too, who was defended by Safin. 'I believe that Maria is a professional and a team of professionals is working with her.

I also believe that some sort of a technical mistake could be behind her situation with Meldonium' - Safin declared. In 2016, 172 athletes have been tested positive, the most part Russian. But it's not clear how much Meldonium takes to leave the body, according to some experts probably three months.

On Wednesday WADA said that provisional suspensions could be lifted if it would be determined that an athlete took meldonium before it was placed on the list of banned substances, i.e before 1st March. According to Times, in 2015 Sharapova was warned five times about Meldonium's ban, then Maria apparently said only once: 'Perhaps she was not warned properly.

This must be some sort of a technical mistakes. It takes Meldonium quite some time to leave the body system, up to three months. Meldonium remained in the body systems of many Russian athletes, who tested positive for the drug.

Perhaps, they consumed the drug in September or October - Safin added - It all depends on the individual physical peculiarities of the body system of an athlete. In some cases Meldonium dehydrated from the body system and in some it did not,' Safin added.

According to what Sharapova said, she took it because of recurring illnesses, low magnesium, irregular electrocardiogram results and a family history of diabetes. So she could have not improved her performances. Quotes recognized by IANS ALSO READ: ITF: ´Sharapova´s case will Proceed to a Hearing´ Tarpischev: ´Situation could be clarified...´