One under-the-radar note from a FINA press release earlier today: all anti-doping samples from Russian Olympians from the 2015 World Championships were retested with zero positive results.
The news comes at the end of FINA’s press release denying that it had the final say on the Olympic eligibility of Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev (Both athletes will await decisions from the Court of Arbitration for Sport and an IOC panel):
FINA also took the decision to retest all Russian samples from athletes going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games that were collected at the latest 15th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, 2015. These samples, retested at the Barcelona laboratory, where they have been stored, returned no adverse findings.
The samples were stored in Barcelona after the World Championships in Kazan – they were originally tested by the WADA anti-doping lab in Moscow, Russia, which has come under fire in the year since. A WADA report in 2015 alleged that the lab’s integrity had been compromised. The lab’s WADA accreditation was revoked earlier this year, and the lab was heavily criticized in the McLaren Report last month.
The samples were retested in the Barcelona lab, FINA says, with no new positive tests coming as a result.