The agent of World Champion swimmer Yulia Efimova, who on Monday was withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee for nomination to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, says that she will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for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Efimova is one of 4 nominated Russian swimmers who were withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Commitee for prior doping sanctions, as directed on Sunday by the IOC decision that didn’t completely ban Russia from the Olympics, but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.