Efimova Sends Letter to FINA Asking to Lift Her Temporary Suspension

Earlier today, the ongoing controversy surrounding doping, specifically the drug meldonium, got even more complicated as the WADA announced that it might actually excuse some athletes who have already tested positive for the drug. This news comes after the WADA stated that meldonium would go into effect as a banned substance on January 1, 2016.

According to a Russian news outletYulia Efimova‘s agent Andrei Mitkov has made a statement on this recent announcement from the WADA regarding a possible excusal for the athletes who have tested positive for meldonium recently.

According to Mitkov, Efimova sent a letter to FINA today asking for her current temporary suspension to be removed so that she may compete at Russia’s Olympic Trials in Moscow, which begin on the 16th of this month.

“[The] WADA statement … gives a chance to justify the vast majority of Russian athletes who have received notification of the positive test on meldonium… including Yulia Efimova. All the work, all the decisions [are] ahead,” said Mitkov.

According to Mitkov, Efimova has tested positive for meldonium on four different accounts, two of them before March 1st and two after. From our earlier article about the announcement: “WADA states that in the particular circumstances where the [meldonium] concentration found is below 1mcg and the test was taken prior to March 1, 2016, the case may be deemed ‘compatible with intake prior to January 2016’, and would render no fault or negligence on the part of the athlete.”

It seems as though the two tests taken before March 1st, had they registered less than 1mcg of meldonium, might not be conclusive enough to find Efimova guilty of using a banned substance. However, her agent clearly states that two positive test results occurred AFTER March 1st.

Also from our earlier article: “WADA also confirmed that athletes with a concentration of between one and 15 mcg before March 1, or those below one mcg after March 1, could have their cases stayed.” Again, athletes with a concentration below one mcg could still have their cases stayed. Basically, since Efimova tested positive for meldonium not once but TWICE after March 1st, it would seem that regardless of the concentration of the drug in those tests, she shouldn’t have her case excused.

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5 years ago

We have to start cracking down on doping more. WADA shouldn’t go around excusing cases where doping clearly has occurred. If she is guilty, as her multiple positive drug tests support, she should not be allowed to swim. Period.

Reply to  Swimstrong9
4 years ago

I back that up . Yulia , stay at home for this summer . No competition allowed . period

4 years ago

Why not just DQ the athlete instead? I think that would be more effective, especially for relays.

5 years ago

Sick of the still endemic pharmaceutical abuse systematically carried out by mainly former Communist and current Communist countries. Russian athletes and Chinese are particularly suspect in my view. FINA grow a pair and ban them from Olympic games. That will hurt them as that is the sole aim of all the doping to start with!

Andrei Vorontsov
Reply to  Daz
4 years ago

Hi Daz! Good stance, totally agree in this case. I just did not know that majority of MLB players are communists! Bastards!!!
See the last Dr Victor Conte interview on NBC.

BayArea Swim
Reply to  Andrei Vorontsov
4 years ago

Marion Jones and her esteemed multiple Olympics champions are not communists, Thank You Very Much!!

Reply to  BayArea Swim
4 years ago


5 years ago

I am hereby proposing we establish PED Olympics. We have Olympics and Para Olympics, we should also have PED Olympics. There will be no drug testing in those games and all athletes can feel free to be drugged out of their minds. Efimova would fit well there as would most of Eastern European athletes,

I got some good ideas.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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