The WBC Board of Governors has ruled that it is not possible to ascertain that WBC #1 heavyweight Alexander Povetkin ingested Meldonium after January 1, 2016. Therefore, in light of Povetkin’s positive “A” and “B” April 27, 2016 samples, and taking into consideration the detected levels of Meldonium in those samples, Povetkin has been given the green light to resume his career with special testing.
1. VADA, pursuant to the WBC CBP, will design a specific testing protocol for Povetkin at Povetkin’s own cost and expense. The VADA-designed protocol will commence as soon as feasible after this ruling and will continue for one year
2. In the event there is an adverse finding concerning any of Povetkin’s samples during the time prescribed above, the WBC shall immediately: (1) suspend Povetkin from participation in any WBC-sanctioned events indefinitely; (2) divest Povetkin from any WBC title or any other rights he might have at the time; and (3) impose any and all available penalties under the CBP without further inquiry.
3. If during the course of the pending litigation between Povetkin and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, the Court makes a final ruling that differs from the findings set forth herein, the WBC shall have the right to review this ruling and take any course of action it may deem appropriate.
4. If WADA issues a Notice or changes its policy on Meldonium in a manner that would necessarily result in a different ruling in this case, the WBC reserves the right to review its ruling and take any course of action it may deem appropriate.
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