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Russian swimmers file appeals at CAS against ban from Rio Olympics

July 30, 22:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW
FINA said Morozov and Lobintsev and Yulia Yefimova would not be allowed to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
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MOSCOW, July 30. /TASS/. Russian swimmers Nikita Lobintsev and Vladimir Morozov have filed lawsuits at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) challenging their ban from next month’s Olympic Games in Rio, a lawyer told TASS on Saturday.

"Yes, they have indeed filed lawsuits at the CAS," Artyom Patsev said.

On Saturday, the International Federation of Natation (FINA) is expected to consider allowing to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro of Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev.

Earlier, FINA said Morozov and Lobintsev and Yulia Yefimova would not be allowed to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Morozov and Lobintsev were mentioned in the WADA recent report, and Yefimova was proved to use banned substances in 2014 and served 16-months’ disqualification.

On July 24, 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 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro are scheduled for August 5-21.

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