Yuliya Efimova Blocked From Russia Nationals As FINA Keep Prov. Ban In Place

Yuliya Efimova waved goodbye to racing for just over a year when after testing positive … and that would not be the end of it  - by Patrick B. Kraemer
Yuliya Efimova waved goodbye to racing for just over a year when after testing positive … and that would not be the end of it - by Patrick B. Kraemer

FINA, the international swimming federation, has blocked Yulia Efimova’s passage to the Russian Championships which start today in Moscow. Efimova’s provisional suspension is to remain in force after the federation’s Doping Panel considered the conditions attached to new WADA advice on meldodium

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aswimfan

For once, FINA made the correct and decent decision.

clive rushton

So far so good.

Yozhik

What is WADA’s meldonium amnesty announced recently. How does it affect Efimova’s case. Her agent sounded very optimistic about her chances competing at OG in Rio. Skipping Russian trials is nothing to her. When should we expect the final FINA’s decision about ban on Efimova?

Craig Lord

Yozhik, the questions (those that can be answered) have been answered in the five pieces I’ve written on this topic. The amnesty is not for all – it is very conditional – read it via the link in this article or here:
http://www.swimvortex.com/wada-throws-meldonium-athletes-a-lifeline-but-yulia-efimova-may-still-struggle/
and the problem for Efimova and her optimistic agent is that, it is believed, as stated in this article and others before it that a January FINA test was returned negative – so when meldonium turned up in February it cannot have been the same batch that she says she took in December as her last ingestion of that substance, it would seem.
I note in copy that trials is no issue for her under the policy.
The issue is the second doping positive of her career.
There is no confirmed date on when the hearing will be held, as yet.

Ger

I just hope FINA are consistent with the clenbuterol positives in China.

Yozhik

Thanks, Craig. In a week we will know the decision about Sharapova. If it gets resolved positively for her then I understand where Efimova’s optimism is coming from.

Craig Lord

Yes, I see the perceived logic, Yozhik. I believe there is a clear difference between the two cases: one is a repeat offender, while a negative test in January would disprove the strongest line the swimmer had made in her defence. I think if optimism is based on comparison with other cases, it may well be misplaced.

Yozhik

Despite there are some differences in cases of Sharapova and Efimova, there are also some similarities. They both took meldonium after January 1, 2016 and they both are real Russian hope for gold medals in Rio. They both are valuable assets. So valuable that their importance to Russian sport/politics can be measured in exact numbers.
The blocking Efimova from participation in Russian championships means nothing to Efimova and costs nothing to FINA. The real action will show what FINA’s governing body is standing for.

Craig Lord

Indeed on the last point, Yozhik. On the first, that is where Russia MUSY change its culture if it is serious about cleaning up. Efimova’s presence in Rio would be a huge black cloud over the entire team; without a shadow of a doubt – and they must know it.

Yozhik

If to believe news.sportbox.ru ( Russian site) the major problem for Efimova is not her negative test in January, that can indicate that she was using meldonium in February, but two positive tests taken after March 1, 2016. WADA’s amnesty is applicable only to swimmers that have positive test of less then 1microg before March 1, 2016. They say that all together she was tested positive four times. Twice before March,1 and twice after.

Craig Lord

Yozhik, I don’t see that reference on that website. If you have a specific link, please do send it. Thanks

Craig Lord

Thanks Yozhik, some of those links (perhaps so many) sent it all auto to spam. I left the one that is relevant.

Yozhik

I wasn’t sure what exactly you were interested in from my posting. That’s why I gave more than one link

Craig Lord

2 tests after March 1…thanks Yozhik.

weiwo luo

Those man because Chinese appear clenbuterol positive and to complaining,Have you ever heard of Germen OVTCHAROV Dimitrij?And ever heard of 2011 Mexico FIFA U-17 World Cup?They were detected as positive for clenbuterol,But they have not been match ban

aswimfan

Thanks Yozhik! This is News to me, because all I know was that she tested positive in February only.

Two additional positive tests after March?

And she has the gall to pretend she did nothing wrong!?!

This girl has no shame.

aswimfan

weiwo luo,

Swimvortex’s server will have to shut down if we had to list all positive tests in ALL sports.

weiwo luo

The flooding of clenbuterol in Meat of China,A lot of people will be eating

aswimfan

Then I guess they shouldn’t eat meat, just like Sun Yang, Ye Shiwen and many other Chinese swimmers who don’t eat meat and thus don’t produce positive test for clenbuterol.

Either that, or maybe the chinese clenbuterol swimmers ask Sun Yang where he usually buy his meat from.

weiwo luo

Of course they eat meat,But they should eat meat that is proved to be clean。Ning Zetao and Wang Lizuo ate the barbecue on the street,Prove that they were not professional at the time(Under 18 years old)

Craig Lord

Perhaps weiwo, but there is as much evidence that they did that and that the product they ate was contaminated as there is evidence that they consumed something else to end up testing positive, in the world of us who must rely on what we’re told and do not have access to the lab test results that can in fact tell us if this is contamination or not, according to latest research on the matter. Strict liability should be easy for these athletes: they are in relatively tightly controlled environments and, we assume, well educated on anti-doping. If not so, after all the woe China has poured on itself and world swimming, all one can say is that China has had a very long time in which to sort that out, send the right messages and rid itself of rogues still working with young athletes to this day.

Ron Turner

Weiwo, not sure what your “not being professional at the time, under 18” comment refers to. Almost all of the swimmers at various training centers around China are professional. In fact, a few centers have just in the last few months been told to have their swimmers stop eating meat from outside sources (street food, etc). There ARE a large number of Chinese swimmers that abide by and follow the rules regarding drugs, but there will always be a few rogue exceptions to those rules…

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