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Optimistic Russian Sport Minister Says Doping Scandal Will Be 'Figured Out'

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko said that he believes that the problems created by the meldonium doping scandal — the biggest in Russia’s history — will soon be resolved, the state-run R-Sport news agency reported Tuesday.

“We will figure out the situation with meldonium, everything will be fine. It was a pitfall. I hope that in the coming days there will be good news. [The issue with meldonium] is not only related to Russia,” the lawmaker said in a meeting with figure skaters Yevgeny Medvedev and Anna Pogorilaya, R-Sport reported.

“I think there will be a solution to the matter in the near future, but for the most part, Russian sport is developing. Fundamentally, Russian sport is a world leader and no attempts to cast a shadow over this with some kind of doping scandal can change that,” he added.

The doping scandal connected to the use of meldonium — banned since Jan. 1, 2016 — came to light at the beginning of March. Tennis star Maria Sharapova is the highest profile Russian athlete to test positive for the drug.

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