Amidst the controversial accusations levied against the Russian swimming community by The Times, alleging systematic, organized doping, another Russian swimmer has been confirmed as failing a doping test.
We learned last week that U.S.-based Russian breaststroking World Champion Yulia Efmova had tested positively for meldomium, and now it’s been confirmed that Russian swimmer Yana Martynova tested positively for the drug ostarin. (TASS)
According to Martynova’s coach, the swimmer had tested positively for the substance back on July 18, 2015, which has now resulted in a 4-year ban for the swimmer. FINA has confirmed Martynova’s suspension, which began on July 27, 2015. Interestingly, Martynova had withdrawn from the FINA World Championships at the last-minute due to ‘sustaining an injury’.
Says Martynova’s personal coach, Gulnara Aminova, “Yes, she [Martynova] has been suspended. It is what it is.” (TASS)
He went on to say, “Some athletes have been acquitted while some others have been suspended for a lesser term. And their cases will be examined only in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. But we won’t be able to pay for the services of that Court as we simply don’t have such money.”
Ostarin, otherwise known as enobosarm, was originally developed to combat osteoporosis, however, it has been used by athletes to assist in training by way of increasing physical stamina and fitness. This type of drug was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as of January 2008.
The most recent publicized case of testing positive for enobosarm testing came in the form of Azerbaijan’s Chaltu Beji. The 18-year-old won the 3,000m steeplechase event at last year’s inaugural European Games in Baku, but was later disqualified for having tested positively for ostarine.
Martynova’s most notable in-pool achievement was when she earned gold in the women’s 400m IM at the 2013 World University Games.
With a 4-year ban beginning on July 27, 2015, Martynova would not be eligible for competition again until July 27, 2019, when the swimmer would be 32 years of age.