News Corp can reveal dopers Ning Zetao of China and Russian Yulia Efimova were not tested once by FINA in the five months immediately after they were controversially crowned world champions last year.
Swim team officials were dumbfounded when told of FINA’s testing failure which meant during peak training periods Ning and Efimova were only subjected to testing by their own agencies RUSADA and CHINADA – both since discredited this year – while the rest of the world faced a barrage of drugs tests.
In the same period Australia’s Cameron McEvoy faced three FINA drug tests, while 2015 world champions Bronte Campbell (two), Mitch Larkin (three) and Emily Seebohm (two) were also routinely tested without taking into account regular unannounced visits from ASADA.
Olympic relay champion Melanie Wright said it’s time to get rid of FINA and start with a clean slate for a clean sport.
“I think athletes and coaches have lost faith in FINA. They have been perennially weak on doping,” Wright told News Corp.