As a follow-up to yesterday’s breaking news regarding Russia’s reigning 100 breaststroke World Champion Yulia Efimova having reportedly failed a doping test, the Russian Swimming Federation has now released an official statement.
Late yesterday, Russian media reported that Efimova had tested positive for meldonium, the same drug that tripped up tennis star Maria Sharapova earlier this month.
Efimova could face a penalty as harsh as a lifetime ban because this wouldn’t be her first doping offense. Efimova tested positive for 7-keto-DHEA back in 2013 and was hit with a 16-month suspension and stripped of two world records and five international medals as a punishment.
Below is the statement as it appears roughly translated directly from the All-Russian Swimming Federation’s website:
In connection with the publication appeared in the media concerning Yulia Efimova, All-Russian Swimming Federation informs that it has received from the International Federation of FINA (FINA) documents confirming the temporary suspension from competitions athletes in connection with a possible anti-doping rule violation.
In order to obtain information with the explanation for this situation, the President of the WFTU, Vladimir Salnikov will meet soon with leaders FGBU “Center of sports preparation of national teams of Russia” and the Ministry of Sports of Russia. In September 2015, according to the approved individual plans, a number of swimmers was sent for training abroad. Ensuring the preparation of this group of swimmers has been fully taken FGBU “Center athletic training teams of Russia” and was appointed curator of the official of the group Sergey Ilyin.
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