In the wake of swimming’s international governing body, FINA, announcing that seven Russian swimmers are not eligible to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, that same organization has reportedly spoken out regarding part of the criteria for 3 of those swimmers’ roster removal.
As reported yesterday, of the 7 Russian swimmers who will no longer be competing in Rio, 4 were withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee, and 3 more had been named in the WADA-sanctioned McLaren report, released last week.
As a refresher:
Athletes withdrawn by the ROC:
– Mikhail Dovgalyuk
– Yulia Efimova
– Natalia Lovtcova
– Anastasia Krapivina (Marathon Swimming)
Athletes appearing in the WADA IP Report:
– Nikita Lobintsev
– Vladimir Morozov
– Daria Ustinova
However, FINA President Julio Maglione reportedly told Sputnik, an international news source, that the Richard McLaren-led WADA independent commission ‘exceeded its power’ in its investigation into widespread doping. The McLaren report confirmed systematic doping within the nation of Russia, spanning multiple sports.
But of the commission who produced the McLaren report, Maglione reportedly stated to Sputnik today, “Its [commission] members exceeded their powers. For me WADA, and sooner or later this needs to be clarified, is an organization with a function to control the doping abuse, approve the relevant rules and not to talk about the situation in a particular country, it must be done by the head of the Olympic Games, that is by the International Olympic Committee,”
Maglione did add that he considers the recent IOC decision as ‘fair.’ That decision entailed the IOC banning all Russian athletes with a record of doping violations from participating in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, while leaving it up to the respective international federations to decide whether individual Russian athletes should be allowed to compete at the Games.
One of the 7 eliminated swimmers, reigning World Champion Yulia Efimova, has already communicated she will be appealing her ineligibility to the Court Arbitration for Sport (CAS).