Olympics: Fina lets two male Russian swimmers compete at Rio, Efimova awaits fate

Fina has allowed Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev to compete at the Rio Olympics after they launched an appeal.
Fina has allowed Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev to compete at the Rio Olympics after they launched an appeal.PHOTOS: AFP

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Swimming's world governing body Fina has allowed Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev to compete at the Rio Olympics, Tass news agency quoted their lawyer Artyom Patsev as saying on Tuesday.

"Yes, Morozov and Lobintsev have been admitted to the Olympic Games by Fina," he told the agency.

The two swimmers had launched an appeal against the ruling banning them from the Rio Olympics even though they have never failed a doping test.

Lobintsev and US-based Morozov were part of Russia's bronze medal-winning 4x100m freestyle team at the London 2012 Games, while Lobintsev also won a silver medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay at Beijing 2008.

Another appeal by swimmer Yulia Efimova was adjourned until later on Tuesday and the case of wrestler Viktor Lebedev would follow, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) panel said.