Olympic gold medallist Meilutytė facing ban after missing three drugs tests

May 8, 2019

Olympic 100 metres breaststroke gold medallist Rūta Meilutytė is facing a suspension of up to two years and could be ruled out of Tokyo 2020 after she missed three drugs tests in 12 months.

The Lithuanian Swimming Federation (LSF) confirmed it had received notification from the International Swimming Federation (FINA) regarding Meilutytė's failure to appear for the three doping controls.

The LSF said Meilutytė, who produced a stunning upset to win gold in the 100m breaststroke at London 2012 and is the short course world record holder, had accepted responsibility.

According to the national governing body, drugs testers had been unable to contact the 22-year-old at the address she had provided on the whereabouts system on three separate occasions – April 22 and August 19, 2018 and on March 28 this year.

Meilutytė, an outspoken critic of athletes who cheat, claimed a failure to correctly fill out her whereabouts information had been the reason behind the missed tests.

FINA has given her 12 days to provide clarification.


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