Few days ago, the International Swimming Federation, popularly known as FINA, banned seven Russian swimmers for doping. Vladmir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev were among the seven swimmers who were banned by FINA.
Amidst all issues, Morozov and Lobinstev have together challenged FINA's decision of banning them from Rio Olympics which is scheduled to start from August 5, Friday.
As a result, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hold an emergency session in Rio on Sunday to listen to these swimmers just ahead of the start of the Rio Olympics.
"Throughout the last six years I've been drug tested by doping control agencies at my home and at the pool, at least once a month, and sometimes every other day," Morozov was quoted by AP.
"I am sure that in a justice-driven system I have full right to take part in the Olympic Games."
Morozov, a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay team that took bronze at the 2012 London Games, and Lobintsev, who took silver in the 4x200m freestyle team in Beijing in 2008 and bronze in the 4x100m freestyle in London, decided to move against IOC and FINA. This is because they are desperate to be a part of the Rio Games as in another five years time, they might not have the same kind of fitness as they have now.
"Both swimmers request CAS to declare the decision of the IOC executive board of July 24, 2016 invalid and unenforceable," said a CAS statement.
"The swimmers also request that the decision of the FINA bureau of July 25, 2016, declaring both of them ineligible for the Olympic Games in Rio, be set aside."