USC and Trojan Swim Club head coach Dave Salo says Russian breaststroker Yulia Efimova is not training with Trojan Swim Club, contrary to what has been reported by other media outlets.
Efimova is a former world champion and world record-holder in the breaststroke events for her native nation of Russia. She failed a doping test earlier this year, with trace amounts of newly-banned blood flow drug meldonium found in her system. Given that it was her second positive doping test, she faced a lifetime ban from the sport.
The swimmer maintained her innocence in the matter, and her former coach, Irina Vyatchanina, spoke publicly on her behalf, saying Efimova tested positive for only a small enough trace of meldonium that it could have remained in her system since last year, when the substance was still legal.
FINA officially lifted her ban this week, though the case will still go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a final verdict.
Several other swimming news outlets reported that Efimova had returned to the United States to continue her training for the Olympic Games, per comments from her agent. But Salo, who used to coach Efimova at the Trojan Swim Club, told SwimSwam this week that the Russian swimmer was not currently training with Trojan.