Natalia Lovtsova Blames Doping Positive On Taking A Sip From Teammate’s Drink Bottle

Play True - but they didn't: Natalia Lovtsova, top, and the teammate she accuses, Ksenia Moskvina

There was a twist in the tale at Russian Swimming Championships in Moscow when Natalia Lovtsova, the sprinter back to being faster than ever after two doping bans, explained that she fell foul of the rules because she took a sip from the drink bottle of a teammate in training

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There was a twist in the tale at Russian Swimming Championships in Moscow when Natalia Lovtsova, the sprinter back to being faster than ever after two doping bans, explained that she fell foul of the rules because she took a sip from the drink bottle of a teammate in training

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MP

Wada is investigating the Russians but results will only be known in December. How apt then, that the WC thia summer will be held in, yes, you guess which Country in the World… So, should Russian swimmers win medals in August and found doped in December, what is going to happen? This makes a complete mockery of clean swimming…

MP

As for the latest excuses of how swimmers claim they did not know they were eating, drinking etc illegal substances, I am sure a 2 year old would come out with more plausible excuses than these Russians, or Sun Yang, or Park and all of them put together.

aswimfan

I am rolling my eyes so hard I fear they were jumping out of my eye sockets

Craig Lord

MP: the investigation is into the system in which athletes end up under the influence of doping and related matters and cases… it isn’t going to reveal anything like any specific swimming positives that we don’t already know about – that process remains in the usual realm of reporting and handling of cases.

MP

Craig – But for sure Wada investigation can unearth so far hidden doping procedures, thus unveiling possible fresh cases?

luigi

I never heard this one before. This is in line with the great tradition of Russian storytelling, Tolstoy himself would be proud of her.

Craig Lord

In theory, yes, of course, MP, I see what you’re getting at.

MP

Luigi – Not unlike Lance Armstrong Americanata…

MP

Should Wada do a good job and dig deeper into the meanders of illegal substances and how they are fed to athletes, then I am sure many more cases will come out.

luigi

American fiction is my favorite, Craig. Although i have to say with mr Armstrong many willingly closed their eyes for years, especially so Europeans. I dont know if it ever transpired outside of Italy, but Italian cyclist Simeoni accused him and Dr Ferrari since the early 2000’s and for that he was threatened by Armstrong and ostracized by the entire environment for years.

Craig Lord

Thanks Luigi, indeed, time that can never, like medals, be handed back.

A1960s swimmer

Craig, could you tell us which swimmers who tested positive during their career and who will compete at Kazan?

Craig Lord

I could, I will – but not right now…

A1960s swimmer

Thank you so much Craig. This is very nice of you.
Jean

beachmouse

luigi- Jessica Foschi in 1995. A USA Swimming panel found that someone probably had sabotaged her sports drink at a meet but suspended her for two years anyways, and then later reduced the ban to a year on appeal.

I will note that Foschi did not not train with any known dopers at the time. She was 15 and was with one of those nice enough but not powerhouse sorts of clubs.

George Syrianos

Really Craig? Everyone drinks from the bottles of their teammates…

Rafael

Craig any idea why Sedov is not swimming? Can´t even find him on the 50 free start list..

Is he injured.. or we may expect another russian suspension soon??

luigi

Beachmouse, I find that ms Foschi’s case was different. One thing is to claim someone sabotaged your drink; another is to claim that you carelessly took a sip of someone else’s drink, which turned out to be tainted. Dont you think?

aswimfan

In my quick observation, Kazan will be the major meet with the most participating swimmers who have tested positive for banned substances and served a ban.

If it’s not clear yet, I am not talking about the most suspected doping cheaters and proven doping cheaters (1976 Montreal, 1978 Berlin, 1980 Moscow, 1988 Moscow and 1994 Rome may as well take the cake).

aswimfan

Sorry 1988 Seoul

Tia

Rafael

Sedov is injured. He has a motivation problem as well. He won’t start in Kazan http://rsport.ru/aquatics/20150422/825256950.html

Craig Lord

George: No they don’t 🙂

beachmouse

BBC News just had a nice clip of Ruta ripping on Yuliya Efimova and talking about how she doesn’t consider her a real competitor any more and how she doesn’t believe Efimova’s explanation of the doping positive.

As long as the usual suspects (USA, Australia, etc.) are the ones complaining, it’s easy enough for FINA to just blow them off as a ‘minority’ of member nations claiming sour grapes for not doing better on the medal tables. But start getting the mid-level swimming nations angry about an issue, of which there are a lot, and then you start getting traction to force changes in general congress.

Go Ruta!

Craig Lord

Ruta’s was the tweet of the week yesterday in response to article below:
That’s a doping equivalent of “my dog ate my homework” haha #ridiculous
http://www.swimvortex.com/natalia-lovtsova-blames-doping-positive-on-taking-a-sip-from-teammates-drink-bottle/

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