Russians Morozov, Lobintsev Are Cleared To Compete In Rio, Says FINA

UPDATE: Despite several comments from Russian officials, FINA denies that they have the final say on Morozov and Lobintsev competing in Rio.

Russian state-run media outlet TASS is reporting that both Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev have been given the green light by FINA to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Russian sports lawyer, Artyom Patsev, stated to TASS today, August 2nd, “Yes, Morozov and Lobintsev were granted permission from FINA to take part in the Olympics.”

FINA named both Morozov and Lobintsev as two of three swimmers who were a part of the “disappearing positives” program run by Russian doping authorities that turned positive tests into negative (clean) tests.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had instructed International Federations that all athletes who have previously been sanctioned for doping violations or who were named in the McLaren IP report related to the disappearing positive tests were ineligible for the Olympics, but largely put the onus on international federations.

Both Morozov and Lobintsev had lodged appeals with the Court Arbitration of Sport (CAS) and a decision from that organization was expected today.

In the meantime, Russian Swimming Federation President Vladimir Salnikov said in a press conference last week that (roughly translated from Russian), “the president of FINA Julio Maglione [a] few days ago expressed support for athletes Morozov [and] Lobintsov… [they have] not committed any violations[.] FINA has asked WADA confirms the information I hope that in the end the report of the independent commission WADA Richard McLaren will not affect their participation in the Olympic Games.”

Morozov and Lobintsev are key components of Russian relays, with Morozov having been part of the nation’s bronze medal-winning 4x100m freestyle squad at the 2012 Olympics, while Lobintsev scored a silver as part of Russia’s 4x200m freestyle relay in Beijing.

Reigning World Champion breaststroker, Yulia Efimova, also filed her appeal with CAS on July 31st, but no decision on her Olympic participation has yet been announced.

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Andrei Vorontsov

Lobintsev also was a part of 4×100 free in London


This is a sick joke… Now “everyone” is happy. IOC and the NOC have seemingly done their part and now cleared to compete. These Olympics are a sad joke.
I wonder what new drug the Russians are already using


Except Efimova.


Her appeal will be heard later this week.


Her appeal was heard yesterday, adjourned until this afternoon.


Yulia will swim. No need to worry there.


The same as Gatlin, maybe? Not that I am on their side, all of them should be out of Rio.. Specially Gatlin and Efimova. Shouldn´t double doping convicts be banned for Life?

Steve Nolan

Gatlin’s an interesting case. Like, this article (Link) paints him in a super redemptive light. And I can kinda buy it! But also, come on.


As all but the most blinkered US athletics fans will say, Gatlin is pretty much the worst of the worst. His ban after his second offence was inexplicably halved from 8 to 4 years by USADA, just before they gave Tyson Gay a pathetically short ban of 1 year for steroid use. It is by no means comparable to the likes of Russia but USADA has a little way to go in getting its house in order. I must also say that I have less sympathy with US drug cheats. I wonder how much choice Russian athletes really get in the matter, and do athletes from the former Eatern bloc even know that they are being doped up by their… Read more »


I generally pull for Team USA, but I can NOT root for Gatlin. No way, no how.


I agree with your last point, but we shouldnt act as if those doped athletes are victims, they know fully well what they are doing and just want to earn a better living. In general doping is a bigger problem in poor countries, where people cant really lose anything by doping. If they get caught, then they will just lead the same miserable life as before and maybe their country even continues to support them during their ban + they dont have to pay back the prize money. I really dont understand why most countries dont have a real punishment for doping. Doping is cheating and there are victims who lose a lot of money thanks to the dopers. I… Read more »


Your words “Doping is cheating”. This is where the problem lies. From my experience in USA Swimming, a lot of people do NOT have a problem with Cheating. The excuses: “everyone else does it”, “the rules don’t apply”, “this meet doesn’t matter”, “the time pad failed”, “unplugging the time pad is better for the athlete”, “we’ll do for you too”, “the rules are only guidelines and we don’t have to follow them”, “cannot have times from Masters meet entered into SWIMS unless you are a former Olympian”, “Lets vote on whether or not to continue cheating”, “Breaking the rules isn’t cheating”, “Can’t hold a review hearing, because no mature athletes available”. The excuses that are used are unbelievable. I believe… Read more »

Steve Nolan

The TL;DR of the article: Gatlin’s initial ban seems legitimately nbd, I think it was for Adderall. The second one is the nebulous one – he signs up with a pretty “dirty” coach, gets popped. If anything, ya gotta fault him for being naive. He’s no different than anyone else, IMO.

It even goes into his recent success, that it’s a whole technique/lifestyle change that’s really done it. If anything, that’s the least believable part.


Wasnt Efimova cleared, because she only used Meldonium and pretty much everyone who used Meldonium was cleared? I think you could say that Efimova was only banned once?
The difference is that Gatlin isnt part of a state-run doping system. Russia will never learn their lesson if they dont get punished. Just listen to most of the russian athletes and their officials + Putin, they wont change anything and they think that this is all a big conspiracy by western countries.


Gatlin for the win!


Everyone seems to have already forgotten that there was any evidence that Vlad was involved in the disappearing or even tested positive, and that Lobintsev was cleared of all charges. Innocent until proven guilty, anyone?

Y Choi

Show me a positive result by either Lobintsev or Morozov – the latter having undergone systematic testing for years as part of the NCAA circuit – then make unfactual and biased accusations…


So could we end up with these two + Efimova but not the other 4 (?) as they didn’t bother to file to CAS?

Attila the Hunt

Because Russia doesn’t need them and they need some people to be sacrificed to make as if FINA still look toough.



Ustinova wouldve been part of their medley relay and she also wouldve been a medal contender in womens 200 back and their only medal contender on the womens side except for Efimova.

Attila the Hunt

Russian women’s medley relay is not even close to the medal contenders.
She is also on the second or third tiers of 200 back, there are half dozen other girls stronger than she is.


1) Where did i say that the russian medley relay is a medal contender? Medals will go to USA, Australia and China. 2) Please name those athletes (six or more). Seebohm, Hosszu, maybe Dirado, maybe Franklin, maybe Hocking and … ? Currently Ustinova is 5th in world ranking, only 0.04 behind 3rd place and only 0.43 behind first place, i wouldnt call her a second or third tier athlete … in addition to that she is much younger than everyone ahead of her and last year she improved her PB at the world championships, i dont see a reason why she shouldnt have improved her entry time in Rio. Apart from that i would never call someone second or third… Read more »


Youth & lack of money . Her parents may have been given the choice & did not consent or could not afford any extra expenses. We do not know unles you have long range vision & can see her from your back porch.

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