07:33 GMT22 January 2021
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    The Russian Swimming Federation received from the International Swimming Federation (FINA) documents confirming the suspension of Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova over the possible violation of anti-doping rules, according to a statement issued by the federation on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier, media reported that the four times World Champion, the bronze medalist of the 2012 Olympics Games Efimova allegedly tested positive for meldonium.

    "The Russian Swimming Federation informs that it had received from FINA the papers confirming the suspension of the athlete over a possible anti-doping rule violation," the statement reads.

    In October 2013, Efimova tested positive for the 7-keto-DHEA steroid, for which she received an 18-month ban.

    The Russian athlete is facing a life-time ban from competitions for the repeated violation of anti-doping regulations.

    Meldonium, a Latvian-made anti-ischemic drug used in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to treat heart conditions, has been at the center of the latest doping scandal involving a number of Russian athletes, including tennis player Maria Sharapova, who had reportedly been using the medication for health reasons long before it was banned in January 2016.

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    meldonium, International Swimming Federation (FINA), Yulia Efimova, Russia
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