Russian synchro swimmers representing France Bayandina disqualified for doping
Anastasia and Daria Bayandins, two-time world champions in 2018, were punished for a violation that happened back in 2014
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Russian synchronized swimmers Anastasia and Daria Bayandin, who have been playing for France for the past few years, have been suspended for two years for violating anti-doping rules. About it reported on the website of the International Swimming Federation.
The period of disqualification of 25-year-old athletes is counted from March 19, 2021. The suspension will end on March 18, 2023.
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Daria Bayandina said on her Instagram (Meta, the owner of the social network, is recognized as an extremist organization in Russia and banned), that doping tests taken back in 2014 were the reason for the punishment. The banned diuretic furosemide was found in them.
“We have always been strongly against doping because we never wanted to harm our body or put our health at risk. That is why we were completely shocked and devastated when we received a letter from the International Testing Agency claiming that we used furosemide almost eight years ago in 2014. Not only have we never heard of this substance before reading the letter, but we have absolutely no idea how it could have entered our bodies many years ago,” Bayandina wrote.
According to her, at that time she and her twin sister were still minors, and besides, they never had problems with weight. Therefore, it did not make sense to take diuretics, Bayandina added.
The athlete noted that they were given the opportunity to challenge the charges, but they decided not to jeopardize their careers and reached an agreement with FINA on disqualification. “Our suspension will last until March 18, 2023, which will allow us to continue to compete for France at the 2024 Olympics in Paris, a goal that we have been trying to achieve all our lives,” Bayandina concluded.
As part of the Russian national team, the Bayandins won two gold medals at the 2017 World Championship (in groups) and two gold medals at the 2018 European Championship (also in groups). They were the first twins in the history of Russian synchronized swimming to win gold in the world championship.