Promoter Andriy Ryabinsky expects the WBC to exonerate Alexander Povetkin of any wrongdoing following clarification from WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) on Friday.
The World Boxing Council opened an investigation against Povetkin for a positive Meldonium test just nine days before the Russian was due to meet Deontay Wilder for the famous green strap in Russia.
Povetkin has always protested his innocence over the matter and Ryabinsky is now sure the former WBA title holder will be freed to continue with his mandatory challenge against the American later this year.
As Meldonium – recently classified as a performance enhancer, was introduced to the WADA prohibited list from 1 January 2016, certain levels are allowed in the system until October 1 this year.
Сегодняшнее разъяснение WADA:
если тест до 1 октября 2016 и конц до 1 мкргр – спортсмен чист! Ещё одно подтверждение, что Поветкин чист
— Рябинский Андрей (@Ryabinskiy) July 1, 2016
Ryabinsky says WADA have confirmed that Povetkin was inside these levels and is awaiting a final ruling from the WBC following a meeting this week.
At the time of March 1, Meldonium content in the body of an athlete cannot be more than five micrograms and only one microgram in three months’ time. If this is the case, as Ryabinsky claims, Povetkin should be exempt from liability.
As of the October deadline, any Meldonium found in an athlete’s sample would be considered a complete fail.