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GENEVA, August 2. /TASS/. Re-check of doping samples from Russian athletes eligible for the Rio 2016 Olympics that were taken at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Russia’s Kazan has yielded no positive results, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) said in a press statement on Tuesday.
"FINA also took the decision to retest all Russian samples from athletes going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games that were collected at the latest 15th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, 2015. These samples, retested at the Barcelona laboratory, where they have been stored, returned no adverse findings," the statement says.
Swimming’s global governing body announced last month it was likely to ban two Russian swimmers - Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev - 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.
Earlier on Tuesday, Russian sports attorney Artyom Patsev, who represents the interests of Russian athletes, told TASS FINA has given the go-ahead to Lobintsev and Morozov to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
The final decision however is yet to be made by the recently formed IOC Panel.