FINA confirmed this month that it received from WADA the names of Russian athletes implicated in reports of a state-sponsored doping program in Russia that covered up positive anti-doping tests.
Inside The Games reports that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) provided a list of the names of around 300 Russian athletes to various international sporting federations. The athletes are thought to have failed doping tests that were covered up and officially reported as negative tests over a three-plus year span from April 2012 to September 2015.
Russia has been accused of a litany of anti-doping rules violations over the past year or so, most notably in the McLaren Reports, which detailed a state-sponsored program that allegedly swapped out athlete urine samples for different samples that would pass anti-doping tests. Russian athletes had to undergo a more detailed eligibility process to be able to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics, though nearly all the nation’s notable swimmers were ultimately cleared to compete, many of them at the last minute.
For the 2018 Winter Olympics, Russia has been officially banned, with cleared Russian athletes allowed to compete under the Olympic banner.
Inside The Games reports that WADA provided its list to FINA, the international swimming federation, along with federations for volleyball (FIVB) and soccer (FIFA), among others. FINA provided this statement to Russian news service TASS regarding the list of names:
“We will study them carefully. We will also work closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and WADA on all necessary investigations. The protection of honest, clean athletes has always been our priority.”