FINA CONSTITUTION (C12.4)
Any sanction imposed on a competitor or a person by FINA, a Member or by a FINA recognised body shall be recognised and enforced by all Members.
Doping Offence - Natalia Lovtsova (RUS)
On November 19, 2012, a swimmer Natalia Lovtsova (RUS) was tested positive to the substance Methylhexaneamine (Class S.6 Stimulants) following a doping control test conducted with the occasion of the Russian National Swimming Championships in Volgograd.
The Russian Swimming Federation, taking into consideration that it was the second violation of anti-doping rules by Natalia Lovtsova, imposed a sanction of 2,5 (two and a half) years’ ineligibility on the athlete starting on November 30, 2012.
Doping Related Infraction - Cecil Russell (CAN)
An application by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and co-applicants Swimming Natation Canada (SNC) and Coaches of Canada (CofC) to have swimming coach Cecil Russell’s reinstatement decision set aside has been upheld and referred back to adjudicator Mr. Graham Mew for reconsideration based on additional evidence. On August 10, 2009, the decision has been set aside on the basis that it was obtained by fraud. With the setting aside of the reinstatement decision, Mr. Russell was under a lifetime ban making him ineligible to participate in sport in any role.
On October 24, 2012, the lifetime ban imposed upon Mr. Russell and the banned activities arising therefrom as modified by the parties has been reduced to a ban for three more years beginning on September 10, 2012. The last one and a half years of the said 3 more years of the ban will be suspended in the event that for the first year and half of the continuance of the ban imposed, Mr. Russell abides by both the absolute letter of the ban and the spirit of what the band stands for and intends to accomplish.
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