Russian swimmer Simonova's doping ban cut from 4 to 2 years

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Swimming's world governing body FINA says it has agreed to reduce a doping ban for Russian swimmer Vitalina Simonova from four to two years.

Simonova, a former European championship silver medalist, was given the original four-year ban in July after testing positive in 2015 for excessive testosterone.

She said this occurred by accident after she took a supplement named Testosterol 250 and claimed she did not know it contained substances which would break down into testosterone.

After Simonova appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, FINA says it agreed to cut her ban to two years because she ''could identify the source in contaminated supplements and had promptly admitted the anti-doping rule violation.''

Her ban now ends June 28, 2017.

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