Vlad Morozov to Appeal Rio Ban to CAS, According to Salnikov

Vladimir Salnikov, president of the Russian Swimming Federation, announced in a press conference that Russian sprinter and gold medal contender Vlad Morozov will be appealing his ban from competing in Rio at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Morozov, who has spent much of his swimming career in LA and has ties with USC, was named along with Nikita Lobintsev and Daria Ustinova in the McLaren Report. FINA, in accordance with the IOC decision on Russian sports, banned seven swimmers from the Games; four who had already reportedly tested positive for a banned substance (like Yulia Efimova, who has set out plans to appeal with CAS), and three others.

While it was initially unclear why Morozov, who had never reportedly tested positive for a banned substance or served any doping-related sentences, was withdrawn from the games by FINA, the WADA today confirmed that Morozov (along with Lobintsev and Ustinova) were involved in the Russian methodology of “disappearing positives.” The McLaren reports claims that these specific three swimmers were part of a Russian scheme to dispose of any positive findings of banned substances.

According to the Russian state-owned news agency Tass.ru, Russian Swimming Federation president Salnikov said in a press conference that (roughly translated from Russian), “the president of FINA Julio Maglione [a] few days ago expressed support for athletes Morozov [and] Lobintsov… [they have] not committed any violations[.] FINA has asked WADA confirms the information I hope that in the end the report of the independent commission WADA Richard McLaren will not affect their participation in the Olympic Games.”

Salnikov also stated that “we believe that the information contained in the report of McLaren, should be public. Athletes have the right to sue,” and that “the claim should be reviewed within 24 hours. I think we will use this right. Morozov addressed the WWF with a request to provide information support I think he will appeal to the CAS.”

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Jesus! do these “athletes” have no shame?

Steve Nolan

Dunno. Prolly want to still have careers, though.


Just to add some more Info

Lobintsev and Morozov are on Rio already.. They came together with the first group of Russian athletes and are training normally with the team.. also on Rio Tarasevich and Sukhorukov.
Today the rest of the russians will get to Rio, it is not know yet if Ustinova Efimova and others are with the delegation.

King in da norf

They are no longer on FINA final entry list, though, FINA has removed them. So they won’t have accreditation to access the competition facility.

King in da norf

Morozov, Lobintsev, Efimova, et al are no longer on the FINA FINAL ENTRY LIST:





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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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