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MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. Four-time world swimming champion Yulia Efimova will file a lawsuit at the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) challenging a ban for her to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, head coach of the Russian swimming team, Sergei Kolmogorov told TASS on Monday.
On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee held a meeting of its executive board to discuss possible blanket ban of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics. The IOC executive committee decided not to ban the Russian team. Individual decisions on Russian athletes have been referred to relevant international federations. Apart from that, the IOC ruled than no Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping will be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if they have served the sanction.
"Yulia Efimova reserves a right to file a lawsuit at the appeals court that will be operating in the real-time mode in Brazil from (July) 27. I think such an appeal will be submitted," Kolmogorov said.
Efimova, who is Russia’s 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in swimming, the four-time world champion and many times winner of European tournaments, announced in March that her doping sample taken in February had showed the presence of banned substance meldonium. The swimmer was suspended immediately from all international tournaments.
In mid-May the Doping Panel of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) ruled to lift a temporary suspension of Efimova.