LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - 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.