Two-time open water world champion, Vladimir Dyatchin, has been suspended for two years by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, and has instead announced his immediate retirement. Dyatchin has told media that the positive test was a result of the substance “having entered his body accidentally.”
Dyatchin was provisionally suspended in July, 2014 from both competition and organized practices, in accordance with FINA guidelines.
The Russian federation has backdated the two-year ban to July 4, 2014, which apparently prompted Dyatchin‘s retirement announcement, telling the R-Sport news agency, “I will not compete again of course. I will concentrate on organizing events.”
Dyatchin won gold in the 10k open water competition at both the 2003 and 2007 World Championships. He finished in seventh place at the 2012 London Olympics.
According to the World Anti-Doping Code, an organization retains authority to complete its results management process even if an athlete retires prior to their conclusion, so the suspension is still validated.