Efimova has suspension lifted pending CAS ruling - Tass

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian world champion swimmer Yulia Efimova, who tested positive for meldonium, has had a temporary suspension lifted pending a final ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Russian head coach Sergey Kolmogorov told Tass on Friday.

"I can confirm the information that the temporary suspension has been lifted," the Russian news agency quoted Kolmogorov as saying.

"She is now allowed to practice anywhere in the world, including at the base in Los Angeles."

Efimova, who missed this week's European aquatics championships in London, can now train but could yet face a life-time ban from competitive swimming as she previously failed a drugs test in 2014.

Swimming's world governing body FINA said last month that it had decided to maintain Efimova's provisional suspension until a hearing of its doping panel at the end of May.

However, Russian swimming federation president Vladimir Salnikov told TASS that the CAS in Lausanne would make the final ruling.

Efimova, 24, is a four-times breaststroke world champion and 2012 Olympics bronze medalist in 200 meters. She has been based in the United States since 2011.

The swimmer, who would be a medal contender in the pool at the Rio Olympics if allowed to compete, returned a positive result for meldonium during an out of competition test and was suspended on March 14.

"I am really happy for Yulia Efimova," Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS.   Continued...

Jun 20, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Yulia Efimova (RUS) swims her final lap on her way to winning the Women's 200M Breastsroke in a time of 2:23.64 during the Championship Finals in evening session of Day 3 at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports