Yulia Efimova, Vladimir Morozov, Daria Ustinova, Nikita Lobintsev Gone: No Rio 2016

4 down, three others to go too - Russia will race without Yuliya Efimova, Daria K. Usinova (see in-article photo for breakdown of relay image), Vladimir Morozov, right, and Nikita Lobintsev, left, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games unless CAS says otherwise - images by Patrick B. Kraemer
4 down, three others to go too - Russia will race without Yuliya Efimova, Daria K. Usinova (see in-article photo for breakdown of relay image), Vladimir Morozov, right, and Nikita Lobintsev, left, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games unless CAS says otherwise - images by Patrick B. Kraemer

Russia will have no Yuliya Efimova*, no Natalia Lovtcova**, no Anastasia Krapivina* (Marathon Swimming), no Mikhail Dovgalyuk*, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as a result of previous doping positives, while Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and Daria K. Ustinova* are gone, too, as swimmers named in the wake of the WADA IP – McLaren – Report that listed a wave of ‘disappeared’ test results.

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Barnabas Mandi

A battle has been won but what will be with the war?

Martin McEvoy

Hmmm….not quite the whitewash I feared, but still, hardly better than a decent start….

Craig Lord

I would imagine they had no choice, Martin – hard to hide that kind of stuff…

Craig Lord

Yes, Barnabas, indeed: more to come…

Barnabas Mandi

Anna Olasz will swim in 10k as she was the 11th in Kazan.

aswimfan

Australian men4x100 free who finished 4th right behind Russia in Barcelona and London were certainly robbed. Both Morozov and Lobintsev were on those relays.

mingo freire

great news for clean sport, but evfimova morozov and lovintsev trained with salo, like melloulli and hardy. Russia must be punished …. but there are groups in usa suspects and nothing happens…when I see gatlin or gay in an Olympic final makes me sad but nobody does anything..it’s a shame

DutchinUSA

I’m wondering where the names of Morozov etc. actually appearing in the WADA IP report? (I couldn’t find them.) Is there more info available to FINA than to us?

Craig Lord

Yes, mingo. I don’t believe the actual doping problem was one born in that US program (response to doping in one of those cases, I do see as problematic). The examples you give are from another sport, of course… and in general I agree: none who tested positive before and were not clearly let off a suspension due to circumstance or explanation accepted by independent legal judgement should be at the Games – that is the stance of this website. What we see here with Russia is a result of something quite specific that needs dealing with in a specific way but the lesson is clear: the dope and you’re gone approach needs to be the norm, not the exception.

anna prostyakova@yandex.ru

Craig, may be I missed something… But what are Morozov and Lobinzev accused for??? Do you know any facts? Doping in the samples? Any facts that their samples were changed? You are living in legal society, aren’t you? Does letter of law mean something to you? Or we live in the time when if you are Russian, you have no right for justice? Anyone can say anything without any facts… And you all are happy that they won’t go to Rio!!! What for?

Craig Lord

Anna – your question is for FINA not me. It is FINA that has barred them, not me. The implication is that their names were on samples that had been tampered with. That remains an assumption because FINA has not provided the details nor has it answered my questions. I make the distinction between those who have tested positive and the others quite clearly in several places in this article. It is not a question of being happy about anything, Anna. If any samples were tampered with – and the WADA investigators, the IOC and FINA are saying that has been the case – then those are the questions you need to ask – not of me – of them. Good luck.

mingo freire

I agree craig … but two weeks ago in Spain specifically in sabadell jama aden coach Dibaba, Makhloufi, Ballah soulemain, was arrested with 30 doses of Epo in your room …. all athletes were in the hotel with him but in Spain it is not yet a criminal offense is only a sports doping offense … moh farah trains with him three months a year, and we all know the dark methods salazar what to think of this in russia? Studies show that anabolic steroids provide benefits for many years after people stop taking it and as gatlin is benefiting from this … sanctions should be for life …

Craig Lord

Yes, Dutch. The report in the public domain does NOT name the swimmers. The full details of the names attached to problem test samples (we assume manipulation of the chain of command but that is not spelled out with specific reference to specific athletes) – and FINA has not shared that information (nor has it answered my questions).

Craig Lord

No objection to that here, mingo. Such cases should come under full scrutiny of inquiry, with appropriate action following. Yes, sanctions for such category of offence should be for life.

mingo freire

on the other hand this weekend Mireia Belmonte has swum 400 free to butterfly. Her time was 4.33 swimming in the first 50 in 31 and the remaining seven in 34. she swam the first 200 in 2.14.79 and the second 200 in 2.18.5. she is in the best shape of his life

beachmouse

Speculation on the other site is that Morozov and company were banned over sample tampering at the 2013 World University Games, also held in Kazan.

aswimfan

Here’s the section on 2013 University Games:

A variation of the Disappearing Positive Methodology was used prior to the University Games. The IP has recovered Excel spreadsheets with lists of positive results
from sample tests and which athletes should be saved or quarantined.

A metadata examination of the University Games spreadsheet confirms its authenticity. The spreadsheet identifies 32 athletes along with the substances discovered in their samples. Of these, 17 are Russian competitors. In each of these cases, the instruction from the MofS to the Laboratory is to SAVE. In two cases the instruction is to “allow” but also to “warn the Federation.” The remaining cases involve 15 foreign athletes; and for each of these, the instruction is to QUARANTINE.

Dr. Rodchenkov’s evidence is that some sample swapping also occurred in connection with the University Games. No further information was available to the IP in relation to the University Games. However, further investigation may identify additional examples.

aswimfan

Both Morozov and Lobintsev swam at 2013 University Games, but not Ustinova.

So where was this “disappearing positive sample” of Ustinova might happened?
The only other events that occurred in Russia where Ustinova swam in the last four years were:
Moscow World Cup series and 2015 World Championships

Craig Lord

Well, no question that could have been for Morozov but that can’t apply to all of them: Ustinova was 15 and didn’t race at the Universiade. It could also be that the problem was at Russian nationals along the way… Have added a line on the timing of events and the Mutko warning that Russia was on the brink of a whole-nation ban; that timing could be significant. We must wait and see …

Craig Lord

Nationals, asf. Look at the list of positives and you see that many were from national championships, Ustinov’s included. It is possible that some were given up as a mask for some who were not. I can’t imagine the detail is going to be kept hidden for long, especially if there is CAS challenge.

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