USA Swimming has decided to team up with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart. The man who brought down Lance Armstrong will join former USA Swimming president Jim Wood for a meeting next month with FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu in Lausanne, Switzerland. This meeting will be held to check in on anti-doping actions of swimming’s governing body.

The concern lies with the way doping cases of Australia’s Kylie Palmer, China’s Sun Yang, and Russia’s Yuliya Efimova were handled.

Palmer, a member of the Australian 4×200-meter freestyle relay team that conquered won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, tested positive for low levels of a banned masking agent at the 2013 worlds in Barcelona. However, she was not informed of the failed test until earlier this year. The Aussie swimmer denied taking any performance enhancing drug but accepted a provisional suspension that ruled her out of the Kazan World Championships. Thereafter, anti-doping tribunal of FINA issued only a reprimand and warning to Palmer and allowed her to resume her bid to compete in Rio Olympics.

A doping suspension of three months was imposed on Sun, the gold medalist in the 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle at the London Olympics, for using a banned stimulant. The suspension of Sun started immediately after he failed the drugs tests in May 2014 but news of his suspension was kept quiet by Chinese officials for six months and the world governing body of swimming waited until late November to announce the sanction. The Chinese swimmer was thereafter named male swimmer of the meet at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in August.

In March, Yuliya Efimova made a return from a doping ban of 16 months after she tested positive for DHEA, the banned stimulant. The Los Angeles-based swimmer claimed she ingested the steroid in a nutritional supplement. Efimova added her English was poor enough and she did not notice that DHEA was written on the package of the supplement. The swimming’s governing body accepted that the swimmer was not intending to improve performance and FINA decided not to give Yuliya the standard doping ban of two years that would have ruled her out of her home worlds.

USA Swimming is keen to ensure that the likes of Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps compete against only clean athletes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus said this is an effort to see if we can understand what’s going on and maybe why certain decisions were made the way they were. Wielgus added USA Swimming has been extremely supportive of FINA’s leadership and also remarked the FINA executive director was very quick to agree to a meeting so we were very pleased by that and we saw that as a very positive response.

Wielgus added we want clean competition and ensure that the water is clean for open water swimmers. He however added that quality of water will not be discussed in the meeting with the FINA executive director.

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