The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has temporarily suspended Russian swimmers Veronica Andrusenko and Alexander Kudashev for anti-doping rule violations. July 15, FINA reported on its official website.
The decision was made on the basis of information provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), obtained from the database of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory.
According to DW, 25-year-old Kudashev was supposed to perform at a distance of 200 meters butterfly, 30-year-old Andrusenko – in a 4x100 freestyle relay.
"The Federation will do everything possible to ensure that the athletes are justified and able to compete at the Olympic Games," Vladimir Salnikov, President of the All-Russian Swimming Federation, assured.
Olympic Games in Tokyo were supposed to take place in the summer of 2020. But the Games were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Olympiad should be held from July 23 to August 8. Due to the growing incidence of Covid-19, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo, so the summer Olympic Games will be held without spectators.
The Olympic team, which will represent Ukraine at the XXXII Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo this year, includes 60 army athletes. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense with reference to the decision of the executive committee of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.