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Melnikov receives 8-year doping ban


Russian swimmer Vitaly Melnikov has been banned for eight years for a second positive doping test, during training for Olympic qualifying races.

On Friday, FINA said Melnikov tested positive for a growth hormone in a sample taken in Moscow in March.

Aquatic sports’ global governing body added that he was provisionally suspended in April to bar him from a qualification meet later that week for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Melnikov did not contest the FINA hearing into his case, the ruling says.

The 26-year-old Russian is banned through April 21, 2024.