Yulia Efimova’s Agent Says She’ll Appeal Decision to CAS

The agent of World Champion swimmer Yulia Efimova, who on Monday was withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee for nomination to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, says that she will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Speaking to Russian media, Andrew Mitkov said before FINA’s announcement:

First of all we are waiting for a decision from FINA. The All-Russian Swimming Federation has already sent back for approval a list of athletes who have declared for the Olympic Games. During the day, the International Federation (FINA) has promised to approve the list. If Efimova was on this list, she was going to the Games. If it she is not there, we are finalizing our claim in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. After we will file a lawsuit, CAS has to make a decision within 24 hours.

According to the wording of FINA’s release, they confirmed that the Russian Olympic Committee took the matter out of her hands and withdrew her from nomination for the Olympic Games.

That means that Efimova’s only choice is to appeal to the international CAS, who is the statutory court of appeal in matters related to the World Anti-Doping Code.

Efimova is one of 4 nominated Russian swimmers who were withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Commitee for prior doping sanctions, as directed on Sunday by the IOC decision that didn’t completely ban Russia from the Olympics, but put very high standards on their participation.

She was not sanctioned for a positive test for the newly-banned substance Meldonium earlier this year, but in 2013 was hit with and served a 16 month ban for a different substance.

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Hswimmer
5 years ago

If she gets her way I’ll strongly dislike her forever and fina and wada and CAS. And so will all of the other Breastrokers and Medley relay swimmers.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

Why WADA? Due to their changing the dates of meldonium positive tests? Otherwise, they’re outwardly expressing Russians should be banned, meaning they’re outwardly saying she should be banned even for her previous tests.

Brad Flood
5 years ago

I see this as being a different matter from the Osaka Rule. As i understand it, the Osaka Rule was a blanket ban of the next Olympics after serving a ban for doping. The IOC decision is stating that any Russian athlete who has been charged with a doping offense is banned for Rio 2016, because their doping was likely part of the State run doping system. This is an over simplified explanation, however, I believe a lawyer could present a case, based on this interpretation, that the CAS could possibly uphold the bans under the IOC decision.

Andrewmc
Reply to  Brad Flood
5 years ago

I suspect that it will be difficult in legal proceedings to argue that one group is completely excluded for failing a single drug test because of where they come from whilst others who have failed a single test will compete

They’ve tied themselves in knots here. Russia is out. Kenya is in. Both had institutionalised systems but the manner in which they’ve been dealt with are different by the iaaf.

iOC should have manned up and removed decision from governing bodies.

This isn’t over

Marley09
5 years ago

That’s a wrap folks. Yulia seems to have run out of friends. The IOC says she’s not welcome to their big party, Zhukov, Russia’s IOC rep said they won’t appeal, Salo won’t let her train at Trojan and FINA scratches her name off the list. Only one left returning her phone calls is this Mitkov guy who happens to be on the payroll.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Marley09
5 years ago

Yup, even ROC has accepted IOC rule in full, FINA kicked her out.

Just give it up Yulia!
You’re pretty enough (and with a hot body) to do some modelling work!

Todd Kramer
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

I’m not a fan of Efimova at all, but why the f did you make that last statement? A woman’s worth and ability to earn money after retiring from swimming is tied to MUCH more than her looks. Are you saying that she shouldn’t move on if she were ugly?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Todd Kramer
5 years ago

Why the f are you upset?
Are you telling me that modelling work is either illegal or socially/morally unacceptable?
Are you telling me that Efimova is not pretty? And are you telling me that Efimova shouldn’t do modelling work?

swamswam
Reply to  Todd Kramer
5 years ago

..maybe because she already does do modeling work in LA Todd
“are you saying that she shouldn’t move on if she were ugly” dumbest most irrational comment I have ever heard, so I will only reply the most idiotic way I can think of with a simple “yes”

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  swamswam
5 years ago

Thank you!
That’s what I thought too!

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Todd Kramer
5 years ago
Taa
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

modeling work is just code word for exotic dancer

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Taa
5 years ago

I certainly did not say that and never intended nor implied that. It didn’t even come across my mind. Honestly!

TAA
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Well then you have a ways to go to sink to my level….but actually I think it would be interesting to see her on a show like Dancing with the Stars. I wonder how she would be received by the general public.

Marley09
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Yulia just now realising she’s the one whom our elders have selected to toss into the volcano in order to save the village, please the Gods and pacify the peasants (that would be us by the way). Pretty/not pretty is irrelevant.

Jorge Abril Roca
5 years ago

What about Sun Yang? Park?

pinodee
5 years ago

Just give up already! You cheated. Twice. And now your paying for it. Get over it and get out of this sport and work in a pharmacy and sell meldonium or something.

Prickle
5 years ago

I like this photo of Yulia Efimova. A large poster has to be made of it and put on the wall in the hall of every elementary school. So parents can bring their beloved innocent child to it saying:” Look dear, that is how a Cheater looks like”.
I strongly dislike Yulia Efimova and not because she managed to escape the punishment in meldonium case, but because of a lot of lying during this case: she was prescribed this medicine by doctor for still unspecified reason, she wasn’t aware about any warnings and preliminary WADA’s statements about banning meldonium, her health conritions suddenly improved on 1 January, 1016 being the reason of not using meldonium any more, etc, etc,… Read more »

Lane Four
5 years ago

GO AWAY! JUST GO AWAY! NOW!!! First the East Germans and then the Chinese and then Michelle Smith and then….YOU! GO AWAY!!!!!

Cayley Guimarães
5 years ago

All is not well.

And more than a scape goat, or the Grandma the village throws into the vulcanos to appease the gods, Efimova and co. are what we in Brazil call the “boi de piranha”: the weak cow shepherds sacrifice upstream in order to save the entire herd downstream…

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