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Sunday 11, Sep 2016

  Yuliya Efimova Blasts Lilly King

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Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova, who was booed by crowds at the Rio Olympics, has taken a parting shot at rival Lilly King on Saturday night. Yuliya insisted the American 19-year-old was immature and had turned the event into “a war.”

Efimova remarked the escalated bad blood between the American and Russian camps was a personal “nightmare” for her. Yuliya claimed the West was using sport to fight a new cold war. Efimova said he understands the people who didn’t congratulate her because the media was full of fake stories about her and added she on the other hand does not really understand the foreign competitors. Yuliya remarked all athletes should be above politics, but they just watch TV and believe everything they read.

King had repeatedly asserted that the Russian swimmer should not have been allowed to compete as she had previously been banned for doping. Yuliya, the four-time World Champion and a three-time Olympian, failed a drug test in 2013 and was suspended from competition for 16 months. Efimova, who won bronze at the London Games in 2012, was banned between October 2013 and February 2015 after testing positive for traces of the anabolic steroid DHEA. She was given a provisional ban earlier this year after testing positive for Meldonium, but the International Swimming Federation lifted the suspension after advice from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Her name also figured in a World Anti-Doping Agency report into Russian state-sponsored doping. The Russian swimmer was excluded from the Games until gaining a late reprieve. Yuliya was quietly reinstated and no explanation for the decision was provided by the International Swimming Federation or the International Olympic Committee.

Efimova has been living and training in Southern California for the past five years but may reconsider her decision with the reaction she received from the American swimming public. She was booed n several occasions during the schedule as she entered the pool deck. Efimova once shook her finger as she was loudly booed before and after her semifinal race at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Spectators were not happy with the IOC decision to let Efimova and her fellow Russian swimmers compete and the Russian swimming team, especially Yuliya was subjected to boos and jeers at the Aquatic Center.

Lilly did not hide her feelings about the disgraced Russian swimmer and said Yuliya is a drug cheat and should not be allowed to compete. The American swimmer said bringing Yuliya was decision of the IOC and she is going to respect that decision even though it is not something that she agrees with.

The US star defeated Yulia Efimova to win gold in the 100 meters breaststroke. The 19-year-old bagged the gold in one of the most anticipated swimming events of the tournament — by just under a second as she finished in 1 minute 4.93 seconds, more than a half-second ahead of Efimova. After her win, Lilly remarked her win just proves that you can compete clean and still come out on top with all the work you put in.

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Sunday 14, Aug 2016

  Drug Cheats Should Not Be Allowed To Compete At Olympics, Says Michael Phelps

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Olympic superstar Michael Phelps has remarked drug cheats should not be allowed back into sport.

The American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time said it is sad that today in sports in general, not just only swimming, there are people who are testing positive who are allowed back in the sport and multiple times.

Phelps was speaking after it was made clear by young teammate Lilly King that she did not think Russian Yulia Efimova should be competing in the Rio Games. Lilly backed up her comments with a 100m breaststroke victory over world champion Efimova, who has served a steroid ban of 16 months but was allowed to swim in the Rio Olympics despite her testing positive this year for Meldonium, the drug which Maria Sharapova has been banned over.

King, a 19-year-old first-time Olympian, said she did not think Efimova belonged in the pool and many agreed as the 24-year-old world champion was showered with boos as she took the blocks. King won in an Olympic record of 1:04.93, with the Russian second in 1:05.50 and remarked she thinks it just proved that you can compete clean and still come out on top. King further remarked that people like US world champion sprinter Justin Gatlin should not be competing in Rio.

Phelps remarked he believes sport should be clean and sport should be on an even playing field, and he thinks that it is sad that in sports today we have people who are testing positive not only once but twice and still having the opportunity to swim at these Games. King spoke of her solidarity with the stance of Mack Horton of Australia and said she totally agrees with him.

Mack Horton of Australia recently taunted Chinese swimmer Sun Yang about his 2014 drugs ban, which drew a furious response from Chinese officials and media. The Chinese swimmer served a doping ban of three months after he tested positive for Trimetazidine, which Chinese officials said he had taken for years to treat an existing heart problem before the stimulant was added to World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list in January 2014. French swimmer Camille Lacourt weighed into the debate and said Sun “pisses purple”.

Horton won over drug-tainted Chinese star Sun Yang in the men’s 400m freestyle final. Horton had named his rival a “drug cheat” a few days back in a clear reference to Sun’s three-month suspension over banned heart medication in 2014. The comments of Horton got the Chinese swimming team fuming and an apology is sought by Chinese officials. Horton stood by his comments and the Australia Olympic Committee and numerous athletes, both Australia and otherwise, have backed the Aussie gold medalist on his stance. Australia Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said there would be no apology from Horton or the Australian team. The Chef de Mission said Mack obviously has very strong views about the need for clean sport, as every single one of us does and added he has every right to express his views and his displeasure in that sense.

US Olympic medalist swimmer Katie Meili also supported the stance of Horton and said swimming is so special that she hopes the powers that be are working hard to keep the integrity of the sport.

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