Russia Reaffirms Efimova’s Place on 2016 Olympic Team

The Russian Swimming Federation on Wednesday released a statement reaffirming that Yulia Efimova will be present as part of the country’s Olympic Team that travels on August 1st to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On Tuesday, Sergei Kolmogorov, the head coach of the Russian National Team, told Russian state-owned media that FINA had cleared Efimova to compete in the Olympics without restriction even after multiple positive tests for the recently-banned substance Meldonium.

Russia, reaffirming it’s earlier releases that had Efimova on the team pending the outcome of doping proceedings, says that the federation received a letter from FINA on Tuesday finding “no fault or negligence” on Efimova’s part, meaning that she will not be suspended.

The Russian release did not include the full FINA letter, and FINA has still not responded to a request for comment, but the Russian Federation summarized the findings in the letter from the FINA Doping Commission thusly (translated by SwimSwam):

  • Yulia Efimova committed a violation of anti-doping rules of the FINA (DC 2.1), use meldonium (class S4 list of banned drugs WADA for 2016, hormones and metabolic modulators);
  • Recognize that Yulia Efimova had no fault or negligence in her actions in accordance with rule 12.3 of FINA DC. In this regard, the use of the period of ineligibility under Rule FINA DC 10.4 and DC 10.7.3 is not carried out.
  • An appeal of this decision may be submitted to the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne (Switzerland) within 21 days after receipt of a complete decision (Rule 12.11.4 FINA DC and DC 13.7)

Editor’s Note: Several of the rule section references summarized by the Russian Swimming Federation do not align with the sections in the English version of the FINA Doping Control Rules rule book, which can be read here. We have asked for clarification on what specific rules were being referenced.

Efimova hasn’t raced since her positive tests in early March; her last meet was the Arena Pro Swim Series stop in Orlando, USA from March 3rd-5th, where she won both the 100 breaststroke (1:05.70) and 200 breaststroke (2:21.41) in times that rank her 2nd in the world.

She is currently training on an individual plan and will join the Russian team in Rio on August 1st.


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Tom from Chicago







She is entered in the LA invite at USC this weekend


Are you going? If so, boo her for me.


Sons team is going – its a shame she is taking her dirty tricks there

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