Russian Swimmers First to File Appeals with Court of Arbitration for Sport for the Upcoming Olympic Games in Rio
Two Russian swimmers were the first to file appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport related to a ruling concerning the upcoming summer games in Rio. The appeals came after a decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Swimming Federation (FINA) to ban the athletes from the games after they were linked to doping in the McLaren Report.
There were seven Russian swimmers excluded from the games by FINA following an IOC decision to not impose a blanket ban on all of Russia, despite evidence of state-sponsored doping in several sports. The two swimmers who filed the appeal were participants in the Russian 4x100 freestyle swim that earned Russia a bronze medal in the 2012 London games. One of the swimmers also won a silver medal in the 4x200 freestyle in the games at Beijing in 2008.
According to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), one of the swimmers had tested positive for the banned heart attack drug meldonium recently. The swimmer claimed he had been using the drug for seven years and it was prescribed by a doctor. According to guidelines from the WADA, he will not face ineligibility or a loss of results due to his use of that particular drug.
The IOC ruled Russia could participate in the upcoming Rio games, provided the country’s athletes who had previously tested positive for banned drugs and were linked to the recent McLaren Report would not be members of the 2016 team. This is the ruling the two swimmers are not challenging.