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FINA to retest all doping samples from 2015 World Aquatics Championship in Russia

July 25, 2016, 20:08 UTC+3

These samples are currently kept at the Barcelona laboratory accredited by WADA

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GENEVA, July 25. /TASS/. The International Swimming Federation (FINA) will reanalyze all the doping samples of Russian swimmers who competed at the 2015 World Aquatics Championship in Kazan, the FINA press office said on Monday.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission chaired by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The report claimed that the system of covering up positive doping samples in Russia had existed in 30 sport disciplines from 2012 to 2015.

After the WADA report was published, FINA has decided to reanalyze the Russian athletes’ samples taken at the 2015 Championship in Kazan. These samples are currently kept at the Barcelona laboratory accredited by WADA.

"After the publication of the WADA IP Report, FINA has decided to re-test all the samples of Russian athletes collected at the Kazan 2015 FINA World Championships," FINA said in its statement.

"After the conclusion of this competition, these samples were transferred and are now stored at the WADA-accredited laboratory of Barcelona (ESP)," the statement added.

At its session on July 24, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided against banning the Russian national team from participation in the Rio Olympics. A decision on admitting Russian athletes to the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil should be taken by the relevant international sports federations, the IOC resolved.

IOC President Thomas Bach, however, announced on Sunday that Russian athletes, with the exception of field and track competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

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