The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) has confirmed that in barring 3 athletes named in the McLaren IP report released last week, the three named swimmers were involved in the “Disappearing Positives” portion of the report.
World Champion Vlad Morozov, who yesterday plead his innocence in a letter to FINA president Julio Maglione, is one of 7 Russian swimmers that FINA has so far disallowed from competing at the 2016 Olympic Games as a result of the IOC’s directives, with the potential for more to come.
Of those 7, three, including Morozov, Nikita Lobintsev, and Daria Ustinova were barred not for prior suspensions, but instead for being named in the McLaren IP report, though without further detail about what the specific implication was against them.
A spokesperson for WADA, who sponsored the McLaren report, confirmed that those 3 athletes named by FINA were involved in Disappearing Positive Tests, or what the McLaren report says was a scheme to dispose of positive tests taken by Russian doping authorities. We have requested more specifics on when and how many positive tests the swimmers are alleged to have had ‘disappear,’ and whether or not those details would be released besides to international federations, and WADA has not yet responded (though they generally are responsive, and have just been slower in recent weeks due to an inundation of requests). WADA has also not confirmed if there are assurances that all athletes with “Disappearing Positive Tests” had positive tests disappear rather than negative tests.
From the McLaren report:
“since Professor McLaren published his Report on 18 July, the Agency has facilitated the transfer of evidence from the McLaren Investigation team to the International Paralympic Committee – which acts as an International Federation for several Paralympic sports and has authority over the Paralympic Games – and the International Federations of Olympic sports that are implicated in the Report. Specifically, for follow up as a matter of urgency, the Agency transferred names and relevant details related to athletes under their authority, which escaped sanctions due to the ‘Disappearing Positive’ methodology described in the Report; and, that may be entered to compete at Rio 2016.”
Morozov stated his case on the basis of not only having never tested positive or missed a test, but on citing the fact that many of these tests have been from non-Russian authorities, including the UKAD (United Kingdom), USADA (United States), and FINA (the world governing body).
We will share more information about the quantity and timing of the ‘Disappearing Positive Tests” for the 3 swimmers if it is provided.