FINA Says World Champs Efimova, Morozov Pulled from Olympic Games

FINA has put out a press release announcing that they are reviewing the instructions from the International Olympic Committee regarding Russian participation in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and that initially 7 members of Russia’s submitted swim team have been withdrawn.

4 of these athletes were withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee, and 3 more have been named in the WADA-sanctioned McLaren report, released last week, and named ineligible by FINA.

The Russian water polo, diving, and synchronized swimming teams are not expected to be impacted.

Athletes withdrawn by the ROC: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

These 7 athletes are the prima facie athletes who will not be competing at the Olympic Games by specific, no-judgement-allowed, rules handed down by the IOC on Sunday with regard to any athletes who have previously faced doping sanction, or any athletes who were named in the McLaren report.

Grigory Tarasevich, who tested positive for the newly-banned substance Meldonium earlier this year, has not been named among the 7 Russians. Whether FINA is still exploring the IOC intent and definition of “sanction,” or if this means that he won’t be suspended, remains to be seen, and little clarity has been provided on that issue by FINA or the IOC to media or the athlete himself.

As for the other 29 pool swimmers remaining on the Russian Olympic roster, FINA says that they have created an ad hoc commission that will investigate the implications of the IOC ruling for the Russian Swimming Federation.

More details to follow. Read the full FINA press release below.

FINA acknowledges and supports the IOC’s position in respect of the participation of clean Russian athletes to the Olympic Games in Rio.

The WADA Independent Person (“McLaren”) report has shown that anti-doping rules, i.e. the FINA Doping Control (DC) Rules and the WADA Code were not correctly implemented in Russia, i.e. within the jurisdiction of the Russian Swimming Federation.

The exact implication for the Russian Swimming Federation is still to be clarified. For this purpose, the matter has been forwarded to an ad hoc commission, which will have to investigate. The Commission will notably have to consider any further information to be received from the continuing IP investigation.

In the meantime, the IP report already clearly establishes that the anti-doping rules were not properly applied and notably that a number of samples collected from swimmers were not correctly reported in accordance with FINA DC Rules.

In this context and as a decision made as an emergency in the context of Rio 2016, and in application of art. C 17.14.8, to protect the integrity of sport and the clean athletes, the FINA Bureau has decided that it will subject the eligibility of Russian athletes to specific additional criteria, such criteria being consistent with the IOC’s requirements published on July 24, 2016:

•    First, no athlete corresponding to the samples mentioned in the IP Report will be declared eligible.

•    Secondly, every Russian athlete’s entry will be analysed in respect of doping tests conducted either by FINA and/or other NADOs and not analysed in Russia. The FINA Doping Control Review Board will conduct a review and issue a recommendation in respect to whether Russian athletes were subject to a reliable anti-doping scrutiny, for a decision to be made by the FINA Executive.

•    FINA has noted the requirement that the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) shall not enter any athlete having been already sanctioned. Accordingly, no such athlete will be declared eligible.

The above measure applies to the Russian Swimming Federation. As an immediate effect of the above mentioned criteria, seven swimmers are not eligible to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games:

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

There is no indication in the IP report that athletes of Russian Synchronised Swimming Federation, Russian Diving Federation and Russian Water Polo would be implicated (1).

Finally, after the publication of the WADA IP Report, FINA has decided to re-test all the samples of Russian athletes collected at the Kazan 2015 FINA World Championships. After the conclusion of this competition, these samples were transferred and are now stored at the WADA-accredited laboratory of Barcelona (ESP).

(1) After check, the single case mentioned in the IP report in respect of Water Polo was a case effectively reported and the male athlete was sanctioned. Russia’s Men Water Polo Team is not qualified for Rio.

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Gold
4 years ago

Why would Morozov be pulled?!!

EliteSwimmer83
Reply to  Gold
4 years ago

I’m also wondering the same thing.

Observer
Reply to  Gold
4 years ago

His name must have been in that mcclarren report

Nick
Reply to  Observer
4 years ago
Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Nick
4 years ago

The report mentioned a number of athletes in several championships, including 2013 Universiade in Kazan, who were “saved” but didn’t list them. I’m sure there’s a separate confidential document that listed all of these aththles.

Morozov participated in 2013 Universiade.

taa
Reply to  Gold
4 years ago

Cause the Russians were playing Hide n Seek with his test samples?

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Gold
4 years ago

Vlad ran off to Russia for two reasons

Easier to qualify
Supplement system

tea rex
Reply to  Irish Ringer
4 years ago

Vlad didn’t run anywhere. He’s been training in southern california the whole time.

CraigH
Reply to  tea rex
4 years ago

Ugh pretty sure he and Condorrelli spent at least a few months training there.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  tea rex
4 years ago

Here ran off in terms of being a citizen and also to train. He took the easy way out twice.

Ddddd
Reply to  Irish Ringer
4 years ago

He couldn’t get his US citizenship in time for the 2012 Olympics so he decided to swim for Russia rather than swim for no one. Then, as most people in his position would, he decided to continue to represent the same country.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Gold
4 years ago

I’m afraid he’s one of the listed but not named athletes from the London Olympics who recently re-tested positive. That would be the only logical thing considering he’s never been sanctioned before.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Joel Lin
4 years ago

After the mclaren report, FINA also sent all Russians samples from 2015 Kazan to WADA to be retested.

Dave
Reply to  Gold
4 years ago

His decision to take Russian “sports nationality” and train with the Russian team will likely haunt him for his entire career. Morozov is starting to remind me of Dagny Knutson: a very promising athlete who was chewed up and spit out by the system.

Val
Reply to  Dave
4 years ago

You have no idea what you’re talking about.

Whatever
4 years ago

How many of these train with Dave Salo? Add Ous Mellouli and Jessica Hardy to that group and who knows how many more?!

PVSFree
Reply to  Whatever
4 years ago

I’m not sure it has anything to do with Salo, it’s just the Russian federation was caught messing with samples and these athletes were unfortunately caught in the incompetency of their federation. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong

Alec
Reply to  PVSFree
4 years ago

That is 3 Russians and 2 Non Russians who have trained with Salo that have failed or been named in the McCLarren report.

Whatever
Reply to  PVSFree
4 years ago

No need for correction. You are one hundred percent correct.

My question tries to find answers on how a top-tier private club/college team can have so many doping violations (it seems that Morozov, Lobintsev, and Ustinova did not test positive, however, had or are suspected to have other violations). Dave Salo probably does not micro-manage every single athlete on his team, as he should not have to.

I was a competitive swimmer just below the level of these guys. If I had been taking something my coach would have known, and I did not even swim for a top-tier private club/college team. It is quite interesting that over the past two Olympic cycles, he “managed” to coach all these… Read more »

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Whatever
4 years ago

I completely agree with you.

tea rex
Reply to  Whatever
4 years ago

small correction: Ustinova tested positive in 2013, but was let off with a “warning” because she was 14 at the time. But I did not know she trained with Trojan?

Guy that swam
Reply to  Whatever
4 years ago

I swam for Dave at SC with these guys. I have my gripes with him but Dave does not support any supplements of any kind, including muscle milk / simple whey protein. He’s fairly clear/vocal about it. But he’s also not going to babysit his swimmers.

Sounds like you think doping violations mean steroids. Not true. Lots of banned substances are smaller low key things.

Too Serious
Reply to  Whatever
4 years ago

OMG; another conspiracy to keep track of! Best trick ever, convincing everyone the conspiracy does not exist. Get ready for the spin folks!

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Whatever
4 years ago

Salo is on record saying the fight against doping has been lost. He doesn’t care. It’s a shame that such a good coach has ruined his reputation and that of his team with such a cynical, questionable attitude. Time for retirement, Coach Salo.

Usc
Reply to  Scott Morgan
4 years ago

Dave Salo knows the fight against doping has been lost because he allows his college, club, and pro athletes to dope.

Trojan
Reply to  Scott Morgan
4 years ago

As someone who has trained with the Trojan program, I have seen the athletes being tested almost on a weekly basis since January. There was a period of time in February where there was testing daily – on russians, americans, canadians and other foreigners. If these guys aren’t clean, it’s hard to have faith in anything.

And as far as Salo goes, if you spend a minute on deck with him, you get the feeling that he truly believes there is no need for supplements (of any kind). In his mind, he is a genius – a “do my program to the letter and you will have success” sort of attitude. According to him, his athletes that follow that cannot… Read more »

Purple Rain 99
Reply to  Whatever
4 years ago

Brilliant thinking WHATEVER! I came up with a list of swimmers that have trained under Salo and his swim clubs.

Conor Dwyer, Anthony Ervin, Amanda Weir, Haley Anderson , Rebecca Soni, Ricky Berens, Eric Shanteau, Jason Lezak, Tom Shields, Larsen Jensen, Klete Keller, Aaron Peirsol, David Walters, Amanda Beard, various other frequent visitors

I could keep going but I got tired after looking through 3 Olympiads and one country. Way to try to guilt by association, idiot

Damiansport1
4 years ago

Is this final decision or they can appeal

Tallswimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

And they will. According to the “Osaka” rule, athletes who have completed their doping suspension cannot be ruled ineligible for the next games.

Expect to see Effimove et al competing in Roo to the detriment of clean athletes everywhere.

Brad Flood
Reply to  Tallswimmer
4 years ago

I see this as being a different matter from the Osaka Rule. As i understand it, the Osaka Rule was a blanket ban of the next Olympics after serving a ban for doping. The IOC decision is stating that any Russian athlete who has been charged with a doping offense is banned for Rio 2016, because their doping was likely part of the State run doping system. This is an over simplified explanation, however, I believe a lawyer could present a case, based on this interpretation, that the CAS could possibly uphold the bans under the IOC decision.

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Tallswimmer
4 years ago

I believe that if all three bodies–IOC, WADA and Russian Fed–have deinvited these swimmers from the games, their case at the CAS will be thrown out. I sure hope so at any rate.

Swimmer A
4 years ago

Wait, what happened with Morozov? I’ve never heard of a positve test by him.

SLab
Reply to  Swimmer A
4 years ago

If he happens to be positive, that’ll be a huge disapointment. I’d like to think he’s a clean athlete

swimdoc
Reply to  SLab
4 years ago

Probably human growth hormone. He’s a half foot shorter than his competition.

Bfunk
Reply to  swimdoc
4 years ago

Pretty sure HGH wouldn’t help with his height

Rebecky
Reply to  Bfunk
4 years ago

It’s approved for short stature and dwarfism. Not performance enhancement.

Danjohnrob
Reply to  Bfunk
4 years ago

After your growth plates are closed after puberty, adding HGH will not increase your height. You’d have to take the HGH earlier in life to have any chance to grow taller. Sorry short guys! 😉

G.I.N.A
Reply to  SLab
4 years ago

I was disappointed for Park for a day but got over it . I just became more sceptical of testing efficiency & manipulations .

CraigH
Reply to  Swimmer A
4 years ago

I always had a lingering suspicion with him. Hate to see these things prove true.

weirdo
4 years ago

I think Nikita also swims with Trojan!

PVSFree
Reply to  weirdo
4 years ago

They’re not banning them because they’ve tested positive, they’re banning them because FINA is not accepting the absence of a positive test as confirmation that an athlete is clean.

Swimmer
Reply to  PVSFree
4 years ago

How can they prove someone’s not clean in the absence of a positive test?

PVSFree
Reply to  Swimmer
4 years ago

They can’t, but because of all the controversy surrounding Russia they seem to be assuming the worst if they can’t prove the athletes are 100% clean

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  PVSFree
4 years ago

Nikita Lobintsev and Vladimir Morozov swam in 2013 Universiade in Kazan.

MacLaren report mentioned 32 athletes tested positive in 2013 Universiade but their samples were swapped. The list are not named in the main report, but I’m sure FINA has it.

Dave
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

That was where Morozov swam his pb: 47.63 after that record breaking junior year at USC. He went from 42.1 to 40.76 in yards that year as well. He hasn’t been able to get back to that level since. And bow this…Certainly makes you wonder if he was juicing during 2013.

Rafael
4 years ago

Now Russia medley and free relay is probably done for…

Swammer
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

At this point, should the Russian relays be removed and the next team in line be invited?

SickOfCheaters
4 years ago

Sorry but this casts huge doubt on Condorelli too. A lot of time dropped since that summer trip. You hang with cheats, you will be lumped in with them.

https://swimswam.com/vlad-morozov-santo-condorelli-training-russia-summer-2/

“When I was given this amazing opportunity to go train with him and his great coach I had to make it happen,” Condorelli said. “This trip for me is going to be a huge learning experience, both in and out of the pool. All in all there is a lot to learn from Vlad and his coach and what better way to learn it than to go and train with them. If I only take three things back with me to SC I’ll be a better swimmer.”

Alec
Reply to  SickOfCheaters
4 years ago

Yeah I agree. At the very least it casts some doubt.
Here’s his progression.
2013 49.38
2014 49.46
2015….47.98???

Observer
Reply to  Alec
4 years ago

Santo swam slower after his summer in Russia (2014) He didn’t drop time until he went to Canyons to train in May 2015.

Guy that swam
Reply to  Alec
4 years ago

He took a break from school and focused on swimming that year. Huge lifestyle changes. Didn’t even drink.

Name
Reply to  SickOfCheaters
4 years ago

Santo and Morozov dont dope. Santo is a very naturally talented sprinter who has not even swam for that long.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Name
4 years ago

Efimova is much more naturally talented breaststroker than these two guys in sprinting.

Wedge
Reply to  Name
4 years ago

Santo has been swimming competitively since he was 8, he is 21.

Taa
Reply to  SickOfCheaters
4 years ago

Oh this doesnt look good. Prophetic words that last sentence. haha. I actually wonder any swimmer that breaks 48.0 flat start is clean? It seems like its doable but not for an extended period of time. Look at Dressel scy time was crazy fast but still only 48 low.

Boy
Reply to  Taa
4 years ago

You think mcevoy is doping? All 160lbs of him?

Pvdh
Reply to  Boy
4 years ago

You think drugs only build muscle? Look at Lance Armstrong.

Caeleb Dressel\'s Occupied Stall
Reply to  Boy
4 years ago

Its not about his weight. You can see very clearly mcevoys progression and it is very believable, especially given his stroke and body position

M Palota
Reply to  Taa
4 years ago

The short course yards, long course meters debate has been beat like a dead-horse but it still bears repeating: Comparing / converting times from one to the other is very misleading and tremendously inaccurate. And it’s especially so given that the only nation that swims SCY is the United States.

All the above is to say that just because Dressel didn’t go under 48 doesn’t mean that everyone who does is tainted.

PVSFree
Reply to  Taa
4 years ago

Dressel’s underwaters are pretty good, that might’ve helped him in SCY and it would explain why he didn’t go 47 like everyone was expecting him to

BigDude
Reply to  SickOfCheaters
4 years ago

https://twitter.com/notswimswam/status/703418256539951104
”I met a guy in Russia that can make anyone go 18.2 if you know what I’m saying, eh!”
I hope this ”leak” is just a prank or something, and not actually a conversation between them:P

Gold
Reply to  BigDude
4 years ago

I dont think that is real

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  SickOfCheaters
4 years ago

Yeah, obviously. Who else trains with Salo?

swamswam
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
4 years ago

Hasn’t Conor Dwyer been out here for some time now as well?

PVSFree
4 years ago

So from what I gather from this article, and correct me if I’m wrong, is that Morozov, Lobintsev and Ustinova aren’t being allowed to compete not because they’ve tested positive, but because FINA or WADA don’t have a sample that they can’t be sure wasn’t tampered with by the Russian federation. This is why their names appeared in the McClaren report. FINA is not accepting the absence of a positive test as confirming an athlete clean. Does that sound right Braden?

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