Jul 27, 2016

    Swimmer Efimova first to appeal ban


    RUSSIAN swimmer Yulia Efimova on Monday became the first athlete to announce she would appeal against her ban from next month's Olympics over doping.

    Thirteen individual Russian athletes have so far been excluded from the Rio Games - seven swimmers, two weightlifters, a wrestler and three rowers - after the International Olympic Committee declined to issue a blanket ban.

    In one of the most momentous moves in its long, chequered history, the IOC left it to each international sports federation to decide if Russians could take part after they were accused of state-sponsored doping.

    The decision, which came after the World Anti-Doping Agency uncovered evidence of a widespread, government-backed drugs cheating system in Russia, divided world sport and drew accusations Olympic chiefs were "spineless".

    Swimming governing body Fina banned seven Russian swimmers on Monday, making it the first international federation to impose sanctions in light of Sunday's IOC decision.

    Efimova, 24, is a four-time world breaststroke champion.

    Her provisional ban for testing positive for meldonium was overturned by Fina in May.

    She will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, her agent told R-Sport news agency.