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participation in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and that initially 7 members of Russia’s submitted swim team have been withdrawn.

4 of these athletes were withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee, and 3 more have been named in the WADA-sanctioned McLaren report, released last week, and named ineligible by FINA.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Athletes withdrawn by the ROC: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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Why would Morozov be pulled?!!


I’m also wondering the same thing.


His name must have been in that mcclarren report

Attila the Hunt

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.


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

Irish Ringer

Vlad ran off to Russia for two reasons

Easier to qualify
Supplement system

tea rex

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


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

Irish Ringer

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


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

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

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


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.


You have no idea what you’re talking about.


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


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


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


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 swimmers… Read more »

Attila the Hunt

I completely agree with you.

tea rex

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

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

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

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.


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


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

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


Is this final decision or they can appeal

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