Swimming body 'not aware' of Russia doping scandal evidence


Swimming's world governing body says it is "not aware" of any "concrete evidence of systemic doping" among Russian swimmers, despite allegations made in a newspaper investigation.

The Times saysexternal-link it has "evidence of an organised drugs culture" similar to the one in Russian athletics.

Earlier this month, Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova was suspended after testing positive for meldonium.

Russia's athletes are currently banned from international competition.

Fina said it had taken a "particularly robust approach" to Russia after a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) independent commission report exposed widespread doping practices in Russian athletics.

It pledged to investigate any new doping claims "substantiated by evidence".

The Russian Swimming Federation has rejected the allegations that it was covering up positive tests for doping among its athletes, R-Sport news agency reported.

Fina has previously announced that the world's best swimmers will face up to seven anti-doping tests in the run up to August's Rio Olympics.

Drug-testing in swimming - the numbers
Fina carried out 1,094 out-of-competition tests on 654 athletes in 2015
It also carried out 815 in-competition tests on 569 athletes last year
Fina spent £560,000 on anti-doping in 2015 - approximately one tenth of the figure that cycling's governing body, the UCI, spent

Wada said it was aware of the claims that appeared in The Times and added that the allegations come at a time when "trust in clean sport is already in a perilous state".

It said it had already written to Fina, with Wada president Craig Reedie adding: "There is no doubt that today's disturbing assertions of orchestrated doping in Russian swimming should be scrutinised."

British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes said the sport is taking a "strong position" on doping, shown by the number of cases reported.