March 25, 2016 / 6:12 PM / a year ago

Russian Martynova to appeal against drugs ban

Yana Martynova of Russia swims on the women's 400 individual medley final at the European Swimming Championships in Eindhoven in this March 18, 2008 file photo.Damir Sagolj

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian medley and butterfly champion Yana Martynova will appeal against a four-year ban imposed by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) after she tested positive for ostarine in an out-of-competition test.

The 28-year-old, who won the silver medal at the 2007 world championships and bronze at the 2008 European championships, failed the doping test in July 2015, a few weeks before the world championships in her home city of Kazan.

She was provisionally suspended by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on July 27.

In March, FINA decided that Martynova would serve a four-year ban for her doping offences but she has decided to appeal against the ruling with a hearing pending.

"Yana will definitely fight this disqualification and has traveled to Moscow to hear her case," Martynova's father Valery Martynov told the R-Sport news agency.

"Yana is in a very difficult state of mind. It is a shock for the whole of our family.

"Even when she was a child and had only started swimming, we talked with her coach and said that she would never take any banned substances, otherwise she would instantly stop her lessons. I do not know how this got into her system," Martynov added. 

All-Russian Swimming Federation (ARSF) spokeswoman Margarita Balakireva was not immediately available for comment.

ARSF said last week that it had received documents from FINA confirming that Yulia Efimova, four-times world champion and bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, had been temporarily suspended from competition due to the possibility of breaking anti-doping regulations.

The 23-year-old breaststroke specialist faces a life ban after she tested positive for meldonium.

Reporting by Dmitriy Rogovitskiy, Editing by Ed Osmond

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