The US jury came to a conclusion that Alexander Povetkin had been consuming meldonium after the prohibition 1. January 2016.

ACT 1:

RIO DE JANEIRO, August 17./TASS/. The World Boxing Council (WBC) has disqualified Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin indefinitely after he tested positive for banned substance meldonium, its press service said.
Povetkin was under an investigation on doping abuse accusations. He is suspended from competitions as well as stripped of the title of mandatory challenger.

Promoter Andrei Ryabinsky of World of Boxing is ready to defend the interests of Povetkin and sue the WBC.
“We are filing a lawsuit against WBC,” Ryabinsky told TASS.
WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder of the United States (W36-L0, 35 KOs) was scheduled to hold his mandatory title bout against Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) on May 21 in Moscow. However Russian boxer’s doping Sample A had tested positive for meldonium shortly before the fight and the bout was suspended indefinitely. His Sample B also tested positive for the same substance.

Povetkin has been suspended from boxing as well as stripped of the title of mandatory challenger. Wilder now has the right to choose the contender he thinks fit.
WBC may revise its decision if the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issues new recommendations on meldonium or any other major information emerges to this respect.

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ACT 2:

NEW YORK, February 11. /TASS/. Sides and witnesses gave their testimony in the New York court as part of the ongoing litigation between Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin and US boxer Deontay Wilder, a TASS correspondent reported from the courtroom.

On Monday,13.02.17, the nine jurors will start to deliberate on whether Povetkin used the performance enhancing drug meldonium starting from January 1, 2016, after this substance was put on WADA’s (World Anti-Doping Agency) updated list of banned substances.

Povekin’s lawyer Alexei Karpenko, a Senior Partner at the Forward Legal company, expects the jury to announce the verdict on the same day.
“I believe the jury will deliberate for several hours and will pronounce its decision in the afternoon or evening,” he told TASS.

Povetkin told the jury in the US District Court in New York’s Manhattan earlier this week he did not use meldonium since it was banned, but took it on prescription of his physician during a training session in Kazakhstan in the autumn of 2015.
Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) and US WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder (W36-L0, 35 KOs) have been locked in a legal dispute over the title bout that was to take place on May 21 last year in Moscow, but was cancelled after the Russian boxer’s doping Sample A had tested positive for meldonium shortly before the fight.

The US side called off the bout and publicly accused the Russian boxer of violating anti-doping rules, without waiting for a decision from the World Boxing Council (WBC). Povetkin and his lawyers responded with a counter-claim of libel.

Wilder, who was scheduled to make almost $4.4 million for the fight, is seeking a compensation of about $5 million for the cancelled event. The Russian side is seeking damages of $34.5 million to compensate for the harm done to Povetkin’s reputation, moral damage and costs of the cancelled fight.

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ACT 3:

MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. A US court of jury ruled that Russia’s heavyweight boxer Alexander Povetkin had been consuming doping substance meldonium after the performance enhancing drug was put on the prohibited list, Andrei Ryabinsky, the head of the Boxing World promotion company, told TASS on Monday 13.02.17.
We have lost the case in the first court instance,” Ryabinsky said in an interview with TASS. “The court was set to establish whether Povetkin was taking meldonium after the drug was prohibited.”

The jury somehow came to a conclusion that Povetkin had been consuming it [meldonium] after the prohibition,” Ryabinsky added.
Povetkin told the jury in the US District Court in New York last week that he never used meldonium since it was banned, however he used it upon a prescription of his physician during a training session in Kazakhstan in the autumn of 2015.

The drug meldonium (mildronate) was included in the list of preparations banned by WADA from January 1, 2016.

The presence of the meldonium substance in the athlete’s blood during and between competitions is a violation of anti-doping rules. The substance belongs to S4 class on the WADA blacklist (hormones and metabolic modulators).
Meldronate is a cardiovascular medicine freely available for purchase at pharmacies across Russia without doctor’s prescription.

Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) and US WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) have been locked in a legal dispute over the title bout that was to take place on May 21 last year in Moscow, but was cancelled after the Russian boxer’s doping Sample A had tested positive for meldonium shortly before the fight.
The US side called off the bout and publicly accused the Russian boxer of violating anti-doping rules, without waiting for a decision from the World Boxing Council (WBC). Povetkin and his lawyers responded with a counter-claim of libel.
Wilder, who was scheduled to make almost $4.4 million for the fight, is seeking a compensation of about $5 million for the cancelled event. The Russian side is seeking damages of $34.5 million to compensate for the harm done to Povetkin’s reputation, moral damage and costs of the cancelled fight.


Source: TASS

 

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