Deep Into Russian Doping Crisis, IOC Launches Own Inquiries – ‘With McLaren’

Russia got to chink glasses with the IOC once more in Rio - but the IPC locked the nation out of the Paralympics, with CAS backing [All images are stills from "Red Herrings" by ARD]

In the face of steep criticism from Prof. Richard McLaren after a weak response to a damning WADA-comissioned report that plunged swimming into eigtht days of unprecedenterd booing and jeering at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, IOC president Thomas Bach has comissioned his own two reports into the Russian doping crisis. Too little, too late,…

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clive rushton

Two of your observations/comments give reason for grave concern:

1. “… come with a sense of “McLaren report did not deliver a picture we favoured, so let’s try and change that picture by rerunning the inquiry”.

That, indeed, is the first thought that will enter many (most?) people’s heads. Almost no-one involved in the governance of world sport provokes trust these days.

2. “…they must “work together as a unified team” to resolve allegations which mark an “attack on their integrity”.

That one smacks of weaselly-worded lawyer-speak. ‘… resolve’ is surely a euphemism for reinterpret, rework and reword, with an end-game intention of pouring oil on troubled waters, donning rose-tinted specs, and, as Neville Chamberlain tried, admonishing “the people” to “Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.”

War? What war? Move along. Nothing to see here.

Craig Lord

Quite so, Clive. Crisis? What Crisis?


No more reports or investigations into investigations! The bach needs to stop someplace…… ’bout at the desk of…………

Craig Lord

Quite – and all those at that desk with him, many who have been there for many, many years – same scenario at FINA, Pegasus – and it is high time that national federations stood up for change and reform. Long, long, long overdue.


on what I hope you see as a positive note …

USA Swimming adopted a new rule that has the potential affect of plugging gaps in Wherabouts rules and mildly makes every Coach/Team a Whistle Blower.

added in 2015…
303.5 No Individual or Group Member of USA Swimming shal coach, train or provide swimming-related advice or service to any swimmer who is serving a period of ineligibility or provisional suspension for an anti-doping rule violation.

new paragraph added in 2016…
In accordance with policies and procedures in the USA Swimming Policy Manual, Coaches and Group Members are required to report any non-member of USA Swimming ranked in the top 100 in the world who participates in team activities.

Craig Lord

Excellent, pegasus. I hope others follow the example. I hope that USA Swimming is doing its utmost to have such things become a part of world swimming and is pressing FINA to accept that it needs radical reform and restructure. Little point in a handful of nations having fine rules if by setting that example they find the global body unwilling to head in the right direction, therefore placing those doing the right thing at a disadvantage. Global reform and restructure of the sport of swimming is desperately overdue; and, within the constraints of the current system, that process comes down to domestic federations and their will to press for such change.

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