Vladimir Morozov, Nikita Lobinstev and Yulia Efimova have all called the California-based Trojan Swim Club home over the years, training under the tutelage of Head Coach Dave Salo, yet all 3 are now barred from competing in Rio.
Morozov and Lobinstev were both recently removed from the Russia Olympic roster due to being named in the “McLaren Report” as part of the ‘disappearing positives’ systematic scheme. Efimova was also eliminated from the Russian Olympic line-up for having a past doping suspension from 2014.
In the wake of the Russian doping scandal involving the removal of a total 7 swimmers from its Olympic rosters, Trojan Swim Club has, at least temporarily, made a change to its international swimmer policy. Until Salo can “somehow find a way to assure [the club] doesn’t have these kinds of problems”, international athletes are now suspended from participating in the Trojan Swim Club’s training program.
Salo tells SwimSwam, “I am suspending any international athletes from Trojan swim club for the near future until we can find a means to assure that anyone that trains with us is above reproach regarding the use of ped (performance enhancing drugs).”
“It is not enough to be tested regularly and randomly,” continues Salo to SwimSwam. “This applies to post grad athletes that are seeking an opportunity to train with Trojan swim club. Effectively this is in effect at the initiation of the new quad. ”
The rule, says Salo,”applies to any new athletes, but I will be reviewing our program as we move forward so that anyone that trains with me and my staff full understand my expectations for compliance to compete in our sport.”
As for the scandal of the McLaren report as a whole, Salo says, “They would be stupid to knowingly engage in doping. If it is found to be true then I am thoroughly disappointed. … If the doping problem in Russia is as egregious as the McLaren report suggests and to the extent that the athletes are pawns in the process then I would have to join the cry to suspend all Russian athletes from the Games.” (L.A. Times)
Both Efimova and Morozov are in the process of appealing their Olympic bans with the Court Arbitration of Sport.
Regarding Morozov, Salo told SwimSwam that, ” He [Vlad] has stressed to me, as I am well aware, that he is tested often while he trains here in the USA. He has stressed to me also that the inclusion of his name in the recently released McClaren report is surprising and he believes without merit. “