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10.05.2019

Marius Devyžis and his insights about Rūta Meilutytė and her fail to appear for three doping tests

On 9 May 2019, 15min.lt published the article including a brief interview by Marius Devyžis , partner of PRIMUS DERLING, about Lithuanian former Olympic champion Rūta Meilutytė and her fail to appear for three doping tests.

The top discussion for the last few days is sadly none of those to be happy to share.

Local media as the foreign press states the same: Lithuanian former Olympic champion Rūta Meilutytė could miss the Tokyo 2020 Games after failing to appear for three doping tests. The 22-year-old, who won gold at London 2012 aged just 15, will likely face a ban between 12-24 months.

PRIMUS DERLING Partner and Sports law expert Marius Devyžis has given a brief interview to online media 15min.lt

According to a statement on the Lithuanian Swimming Federation website, Meilutytė has taken full responsibility for the missed tests, and this actually bans all ways out to avoid disqualification, says Marius Devyžis. He emphasizes the importance of the details what exactly Lithuanian Gold Fish has confessed about. If Rūta Meilutytė has officially declared to accept the blame, the mere to except is the minimal term of disqualification.

Online media states that she claims to have incorrectly filled out her whereabouts records. Doping officials were reportedly unable to make contact with the swimmer on three separate occasions at her specified address on April 22 and August 19, 2018 as well as March 28 this year.

The swimmer has been given 12 days to provide written reasoning for the missed tests to the sport’s international governing body (Fina) before disciplinary proceedings begin.

The full version in Lithuanian is available here

Publication also based on the BBC article here

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