Russia's sports minister warns of more cases of sports people using meldonium: TASS

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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russian Sports Minister Mutko speaks to media during news conference following meeting held to hear reports and elect new officials of Russia's Athletics Federation in Moscow

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday there would be more cases of Russian sports people using meldonium, a banned substance for which star tennis player Maria Sharapova tested positive, TASS news agency reported.

"It's not my position to make public announcements, but there will be more cases," the agency cited Mutko as saying.

He also said that the ministry had warned Russian sports people before about meldonium being outlawed by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Anastasia Myskina, the captain of the Russian women's tennis team said the team continues to support Sharapova.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Christian Lowe)

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