Swimmer Yefimova suspended from competitions over suspected use of doping

Russian athlete Yulia Yefimova.

Russian athlete Yulia Yefimova.

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Yefimova became the 11th Russian athlete testing positive for meldonium

FINA, the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water swimming, has temporarily suspended Russian athlete Yulia Yefimova over the possible use of doping, the Russian Swimming Federation has reported.

"In connection with publications concerning Yulia Yefimova that appeared in the media, the Russian Swimming Federation informs that it has received documents from FINA confirming the athlete's temporary suspension from competitions due to a possible violation of anti-doping rules," the Russian Swimming Federation said in a statement on March 17.

Russian Swimming Federation President Vladimir Salnikov will soon meet with senior officials of the Center for Athletic Training of Russia's National Teams and the Russian Sports Ministry in order to clarify this situation, it said.

"In line with the confirmed individual plans, in September 2015 a number of swimmers were sent to train abroad. The Center for Athletic Training of Russia's National Teams assumed full responsibility for procurement for preparations of this group of swimmers, and this group's official supervisor," it said.

It became known yesterday that Russian swimmer Yefimova, who is a four-time world swimming champion, tested positive for mildronate (meldonium).

In 2014, Yefimova was given an 18-month disqualification for the use of doping. In this context, the repeated confirmation of the presence of performance-enhancing substances in her blood may result in the athlete's life-long disqualification.

Yefimova became the 11th Russian athlete testing positive for meldonium, which was included in the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances on January 1.

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