Fina allows Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev to compete at Olympic Games

They had launched an appeal against the ruling by the International Swimming Federation (Fina) banning them out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics even though they have never failed a doping test

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 August, 2016, 6:42pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 August, 2016, 6:42pm

Swimming’s world governing body has allowed Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev to compete at the Rio Olympics, their lawyer Artyom Patsev said on Tuesday.

The two swimmers had launched an appeal against the ruling by the International Swimming Federation (Fina) banning them out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics even though they have never failed a doping test.

Lobintsev and US-based Morozov were part of Russia’s bronze medal winning 4x100m freestyle team at the London 2012 Games, while Lobintsev also won a silver medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay at Beijing 2008.

“Yes, Morozov and Lobintsev have been admitted to the Olympic Games by Fina,” said Patsev.