The decision could affect Sharapova’s ban.
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Athletes who tested positive for meldonium before March 1 could have their bans overturned less than four months before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, after WADA said it was unable to establish how quickly the drug, outlawed since Jan. 1, cleared the system.The World Anti-Doping Agency's notice to national anti-doping bodies is expected to have a major impact on many of the 172 athletes who have tested positive for the performance-boosting drug since January.They include five-time grand-slam tennis champion Maria Sharapova, who was among 40 Russian athletes to test positive for the drug after it was added to WADA's list of banned substances in January.Alexei Kravtsov, president of the Russian Skating Union, said that five-time world champion Pavel Kulizhnikov and 2014 Olympic short track gold medalist Semen Elistratov – both found to have taken meldonium – should be allowed to compete again after the WADA decision.
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