Jul 14, 2016

    Fina drops drug charges against Efimova


    SWIMMING'S world governing body Fina has cleared Russian swimming star Yulia Efimova of all charges for using the banned drug meldonium, her agent said Tuesday.

    "Yulia received a letter from Fina doping panel chairman Robert Fox, which said that all charges for meldonium use had been dismissed," Andrei Mitkov told Agence France-Presse.

    "No sanctions were imposed against her.

    "The case is closed."

    The 24-year-old, who won bronze at the 2012 London Games, was handed a provisional ban in March after testing positive for meldonium.

    It is the same medication that saw Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova being banned.

    The coach of the Russian national swimming team, Sergei Kolmogorov, told Tass news agency that Efimova would be joining her teammates in Brazil for the Rio Olympics next month.

    Fina lifted Efimova's suspension in May after the World Anti-Doping Agency said that athletes could escape a ban because it does not know exactly how long it takes for meldonium to leave the body.

    But Fina later insisted that it would pursue a doping inquiry into Efimova's case despite having lifted her suspension.