GENEVA, August 2. /TASS/. The International Swimming Federation (FINA) said on Tuesday it will not confirm eligibility of Russian swimmers Nikita Lobintsev and Vladimir Morozov for the Rio 2016 Olympics until the final decision of the three-person commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
"Contrary to recent media reports, the eligibility of Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev to compete at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 has not been confirmed, and will not be confirmed until the IOC’s three-person commission to review Russian entrants renders its final decision on these athletes, along with the other members of the Russian swimming team," FINA said in a press statement.
"The two athletes filled an appeal to CAS and FINA understands that this Court has forwarded the case to the IOC three-person commission for final decision," the statement says.
Swimming’s global governing body announced last month it was likely to ban the two Russian swimmers from taking part in the upcoming Olympics since they had been mentioned in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission report on the alleged widespread doping abuse and manipulation at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi.
However, having studied all of the details stated in the Commission’s report, FINA decided to clear Lobintsev and Morozov for Rio 2016. FINA’s decision does not mean that the two swimmers will go to Brazil.
The final decision is yet to be made by the recently formed IOC Panel, which lists three members only and they are: Ugur Erdener, the head of the IOC Medical Commission; Claudia Bokel, an IOC Executive Board Member and the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission; and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr, an IOC Executive Board Member.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne will also have its say on the admission of the Russian swimmers to the global quadrennial summer sport event in Latin America. That is because the court is currently reviewing a pending lawsuit from the Russian Swimming Federation against a potential ban on Lobintsev and Morozov from the 2016 Summer Games.