WADA To Revisit Russia Report For Swimming Clues As Mutko Confirms Martynova Ban

Russia got to chink glasses with the IOC once more in Rio - but the IPC locked the nation out of the Paralympics, with CAS backing [All images are stills from "Red Herrings" by ARD]

World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie is to “reanalyze” the report into systematic doping in Russian track and field to determine whether the inquiry should be extended to other sports. He was speaking in response to a call from athletes to take the fight for clean sport deeper that Russian track and field

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So…. February? What do we know about how long meldonium remains in the body’s system?


“FINA conducted 40 tests [on Russian athletes] in February alone… That tally is almost four time the total number of tests FINA took from Russia’s aquatics athletes in the whole of 2015.”

This is shocking. Can you give any more information; for example on how this compares to other countries? Does this FINA-testing count exclude those carried out in Kazan? (Or really that ~10 athletes were tested all year?!).

With regard to Jessica Hardy*, the article here says that the supplement was “proved to have more in it than the tin said it had and ought to have had”. Where is this information from? I can see reports that this is what she argued; and that the CAS and AAA reduced the ban; and that AAA said she’d received “personal assurances” on the supplement’s purity; but equally, the company disputed this point. E.g. https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/jessica-hardy-suspension-reduced-to-one-year-supplement-ruled-as-contaminated-usa-swimming-releases-statement-usada-press-release-advocare-disputes-findings-updated/. She’s been on my blacklist since 2008 so wonder if I should forgiving her a bit 🙂

Craig Lord

Stabilo, you’re quite right to point that out. It is the swimmer’s claim and what was accepted by arbitrators when they reduced the penalty handed down. There is clearly a dispute between swimmer and her representatives and the maker of the product she put her positive test down to when it comes to whether that substance had clenbuterol in it or not.
Each of us must decide on matters of ‘forgiveness’, of course. The record and history ought to state the facts – so thanks for noting what you have.
My main point was that a positive test can be turned round in hours/days where there is a will. Eight months and no FINA case file is something else – and unacceptable, regardless of the process involved. It is not for the Russian sports minister to announce Russian swimming positives several months after the case – it is for FINA to report the matter and made the information public as soon after the case has been decided. The Russian media suggest this was done and dusted last October, or so – so why can’t we see a published case file from FINA; why is this swimmer not on the list of current suspensions, the only information on cases that FINA now publishes (having removed the historic record from the public domain)?


Thanks Craig. Amazing how quickly things can happen if people are proactive.. and how slow things can also occur, for whatever reasons one might think are behind those delays. Like you say, completely unacceptable.
I generally err on the side of cynicism about doping matters, but it does seem that the USA groups frequently appear as the main players in fighting the good fight (though when that’s against FINA’s apparent delinquency in many areas; or countries’ possible systematic drug abuse, it’s hardly a ringing endorsement).


Reports getting translated into English say that Effinova had tested positive for meldonium.

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