MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev have never taken performance enhancing drugs. Nonetheless, they have been mentioned in the WADA report (World Anti-Doping Agency) and are now at risk of missing the next month’s Olympics in Rio, head coach of the Russian national swimming team, Sergei Kolmogorov told TASS on Monday.
Earlier in the day, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) said that swimmers Morozov and Lobintsev along with Daria Ustinova had been mentioned in the WADA commission’s report, and so would not compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
"We have never had any doping violations. Morozov is absolutely clean, Lobintsev tested positive for meldonium but its concentration was lower than the threshold level and thus, no decisions about his provisional ban were made," Kolmogorov said.
On July 18, WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, released a report 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 been revealed in 643 cases in 30 sport disciplines from 2011 to 2015.
The commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service (FSB) supported the doping program in Russian sports.
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.
Vladimir Morozov, one of the world’s top sprinters, won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London in the 400m freestyle relay. He is a three-time world and nine-time European champion.
Nikita Lobintsev took a silver medal in the 4x200 m freestyle relay at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and a bronze medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay at the 2012 Olympics in London.
The 17-year-old Daria Ustinova is a bronze medalist in the 4x100-meter medley relay at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona in 2013.