Now it’s officially over. ISU has officially confirm the cancellation of Ekaterina Bobrova the temporary suspension.
On March 8, 9 and 18, 2016 the ISU confirmed that the following skaters were provisionally suspended following an Adverse Analytical Finding for Meldonium:
Ekaterina Bobrova (RUS) Figure Skating
Semen Elistratov (RUS) Short Track Speed Skating
Ekaterina Konstantinova (RUS) Short Track Speed Skating
Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) Speed Skating
In the case of Meldonium, the WADA recognized that there is currently a lack of clear scientific information on excretion time and considers that in certain circumstances there may be grounds for no fault or negligence on the part of the athlete.
All mentioned above skaters credibly assured the ISU that they have discontinued the use of Meldonium prior to January 1, 2016, when the substance was included in the prohibited list. In light of the given information, the ISU has decided to lift the provisional suspension imposed on the four skaters, with immediate effect, to stay the results management process and consequently not to disqualify any results at the present stage.
In case later scientific studies should reveal that one or more listed skater took Meldonium also after December 31, 2015, the results management process would have to be resumed.
The ISU will not make any further comments until further scientific evidence is published.
the source: ISU
Ekaterina Bobrova gave a comment on her Instagram account:
My friends! Now you can congratulate me with the end of this unpleasant (to say the least), all known story. A low bow and a hug to all the people and fans who have never, even for a moment, doubted my honesty.
I’m very glad that the International Skating Union has confirmed that I’m an honest athlete, I want to say that I always was such and will always be. After all, the most bright victories, should always be based primarily on honesty.
Now, my partner Dmitri Soloviev, who was waiting for me, what I’ve never doubted even for a moment, and our coach, who wants to work with us so much and I – we’re ready to start full preparations for the next season. – Ekaterina said.
I’m really happy for them. They are great athletes but unlucky( Hope for the great next two seasons for Ekaterina and Dimitri, they’ve deserved it a lot!
Read also the comments from Dmitri Soloviev and Alexander Zhulin.