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IOC rules Yulia Efimova eligible; Russian will swim 100m breaststroke Sunday

Yulia Efimova

KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 08: Yuliya Efimova of Russia looks on after the Women’s 50m Breaststroke Semi-Finals on day fifteen of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 8, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Finally we have clarity on the curious case of Yulia Efimova.

The 24-year-old Russian swimmer’s Olympic status had been stuck in neutral as the International Olympic Committee had responsibility put back in its hands by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The IOC had initially banned Efimova from the Olympics because of a positive doping test that cost her 16 months on the sidelines, but the ruling was deemed “unenforceable”.

From the Associated Press:

Efimova has been a flashpoint in the Russian doping scandal because she not only served a 16-month suspension for doping, she tested positive again this year for the now-banned substance meldonium.

That result was placed on hold while WADA does further studies on the drug, which was added to the list of banned substances Jan. 1.


She’ll race Sunday in the 100m breaststroke.

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