US-based Grigory Tarasevich, Russia’s Top Backstroker, Positive for Meldonium

Grigory Tarasevich by Patrick B. Kraemer

As if things could not have got any worse for Russia, backstroker Grigory Tarasevich, the European 100m silver medallist in London in May this year, who competes for the University of Louisville and trains in the United States, tested positive for meldonium on two separate occasions earlier this year, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has revealed. Turning 20 this year, Tarasevich will be able to race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games unless the IPOC imposes a blanket ban on Russia this coming week.

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Steve Levy

With this particular result, global doping in swimming now crosses paths with the NCAA – should be interesting watching how the US intercollegiate sports association and governing body responds…and how it impacts the recruiting of foreign athletes to US schools.

kevin roose

Sorry Grigory you wont being swimming in Rio under the new guidlines set down by the IOC any Russian athlete with a doping violation cannot compete in Rio …….
Bye Bye


Gregory is still swimming in Rio.
Apparently only those whose doping violation punishment is suspension is on FINA no swim list.

kevin roose

Now i am confused ? What a nightmare so close to the Olympics

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