The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has temporarily suspended Russian swimmers Veronika Andrusenko and Alexander Kudashev from the competition. They are suspected of violating anti-doping rules, the investigation continues. Athletes have been entered for the Tokyo Olympics.
The decision was made on the basis of evidence from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) obtained from the base of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory. It contains the results of doping tests of Russian athletes from 2012 to 2015. Based on the study of this database, WADA opened 298 cases in 27 sports in 2020.
“We are grateful to WADA for their diligence in ensuring clean competition in the Olympic Games. FINA is fully committed to protecting clean athletes and promoting clean competition at the Olympics, ”said FINA President Hussein Al-Musallam. His words are quoted on the website of the federation.
The All-Russian Swimming Federation announced that it will do everything possible so that the athletes are acquitted and able to compete at the Olympics. Federation President Vladimir Salnikov told TASS about this.
30-year-old Veronika Andrusenko is a silver and bronze medalist at the 2017 and 2013 World Championships. She specializes in butterfly and freestyle swimming. Alexander Kudashev, 25, is a silver and bronze medalist at the 2013 World Championships. He specializes in butterfly swimming.
The Russian team included 335 athletes. The Russian Rowing Federation previously excluded Nikita Morgachev and Pavel Sorin from the team due to positive doping tests.
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