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Bobrova, Soloviev to miss world championships

Bobrova tests positive for banned substance, faces four-year suspension
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Ekaterina Bobrova faces a suspension of up to four years from the sport for testing positive for a banned substance. -Getty Images

Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia will not compete at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships after the former tested positive for a banned substance at the 2016 European Figure Skating Championships, the Russian news outlet R-Sport reported Monday.

Bobrova tested positive for meldonium, a substance found in the drug Mildronate, which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned substances list on Jan. 1 of this year. The drug is classified by WADA as a "hormone and metabolic modulator," and carries a penalty of a suspension of up to four years.

Used to treat ischemia, or lack of blood flow, meldonium was added to WADA's banned substances list because of "evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance."

In an interview with Russian journalist Elena Vaytsehovsky, Bobrova admitted she used Mildronate last fall under the supervision of a team doctor. She said that she and other Russian athletes were warned early in the fall that the drug would be banned by WADA starting in 2016 and that they should cease using it well before the start of the new year, which she claims she did.

Bobrova and Solvoiev missed the 2014-15 season while Soloviev recovered from knee surgery. They returned this season to win two medals in the Grand Prix Series, their fifth Russian title and the bronze medal at Europeans.

UPDATE (3/8): The International Skating Union announced Tuesday, March 8, that it has provisionally suspended Bobrova.