Sports minister: Swimmer Efimova has to explain doping presence in her blood herself

Titled Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova can explain the presence of doping in her organism only herself, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Thursday.

The All-Russian Swimming Federation confirmed on Thursday that it had temporarily suspended Efimova from all swimming-related competitions because the swimmer might have violated the anti-doping rules. Earlier, it was reported that the 23-year-old athlete is suspected of using meldonium, which the World Anti-Doping Agency included in its list of prohibited formulas as of January 1, 2016.

Asked if the All-Russian Swimming Federation had provided any explanations how the outlawed drug could have gotten into Efimova’s blood, Mutko answered that no one had explained anything to anybody. “It’s only the athlete himself who can explain it,” he added.



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