Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaks during an interview with Reuters in Moscow, Russia, in this March 11, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/Files
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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Friday that 27 of the country's athletes have tested positive for meldonium since the endurance-boosting drug was banned on Jan. 1 .The identities of all of the athletes who have tested positive for the drug have not been disclosed.Russia's scandal-ridden athletics federation -- suspended in November after a WADA independent commission found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russian track and field -- announced four meldonium cases among its athletes earlier this week.
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