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Russian swimmer Yefimova to be included in Olympic bid on Friday — agent

August 05, 8:09 UTC+3
The Russian swimmer has won her case in CAS
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Yulia Yefimova

Yulia Yefimova

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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 5 /TASS/. Russian swimmer Yulia Yefimova, the four-time world champion who has been debarred from the Rio Olympics 2016, will be included in the Russian Olympic bid on Friday after she has won her case in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, the swimmer’s agent Andrei Mitkov told TASS.

On Thursday, CAS satisfied Yefimova’s lawsuit against the Russian Olympic Committee and the International Swimming Federation (FINA). The International Olympic Committee took part in the process as a party in interest. Previously, the athlete was banned from competing in the Rio Olympics for the 2013 abuse of doping rules for which she had already endured her punishment.

"The Russian Olympic Committee will reinstate Yefimova in the bid from where she was removed," Mitkov said.

"Igor Kazikov and Dmitry Selivanov are tackling the matter in the Olympic delegation. The document is ready. Hopefully, Yulia will be included in the Olympic bid in the first half of the day," Mitkov explained.

Yefimova will now have to go through standard Olympic procedures under the Olympic charter. "The international federation is to confirm that an application has been submitted by a national Olympic Committee which is to be approved by the International Olympic Committee," Mitkov stressed.

He added that the situation with Yefimova had been unusual.

"But the CAS verdict is the final solution to all sport issues. If Yulia has to undergo the process of matching the FINA and IOC selection criteria for the Olympics again, it is clear that she meets all these requirements and should be allowed to compete in the Olympics. Yefimova took the necessary number of doping tests - 14. All of them were taken outside Russia in the territory of the United States and were analyzed by the best US laboratories," Mitkov said.

"We hope that if Yulia has to be tested for doping the result will be normal. It would be strange to see a negative decision after the CAS positive verdict," Mitkov concluded.

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