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Czech wrestler Petr Novak tests positive for meldonium

09:27 PM April 12, 2016

PRAGUE — Czech wrestler Petr Novak has tested positive for meldonium, the first such case in the country.

Czech Wrestling Federation spokesman Petr Vurbs says Novak failed an out-of-competition test in January during training for Olympic qualifying with the Czech national team.

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Novak finished 11th at the 2014 world championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in men’s Greco-Roman wrestling.

Meldonium has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency since Jan. 1. The drug increases blood flow, which improves exercise capacity by carrying more oxygen to muscle tissue.

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