FINA Defends Decision To Ignore WSCA Warning & Place Its Faith In Moscow Lab

Two of the first casualties of the WADA IC report: Lamine Diack, left, and Grigory Rodchenkov

FINA has defended its decision to ignore the ARD doping documentaries and the subsequent advice of the World Swimming Coaches Association (WSCA) earlier this year and forge ahead with allowing the Moscow anti-doping testing laboratory to run the testing operation for the World Championships staged in Kazan, Russia, in Augus

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FINA has defended its decision to ignore the ARD doping documentaries and the subsequent advice of the World Swimming Coaches Association (WSCA) earlier this year and forge ahead with allowing the Moscow anti-doping testing laboratory to run the testing operation for the World Championships staged in Kazan, Russia, in Augus

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clive rushton

Let’s just hope that the whole house of cards is ready to fall. I think it may take more shots at/below the waterline but surely the end is in sight.

Yozhik

If you love someone, you cannot see any faults in that person. Love is blind. 🙂

Craig Lord

More pertinently, so is money and power, Yozhik, or so it might seem.

aswimfan

Yozhik,
Are you telling me that Marculescu is in love with Putin?

🙂

Yozhik

That is what you are saying me, aswimfan. I would say that FINA looks more to me like a poor bride that cannot reject an offer she was made by Putin.
But on serious note I would like to remind you that FINA is not just a bunch of some immoral people but Federation (that is what F stands for). And those federations are suspiciously quiet. Maybe their major guidance in such situation that finally requires decisive actions is John 8:7

clive rushton

Very good Yozhik 🙂

Yozhik

Thank you, Clive. I thought you will never forgive me for being harsh on you other day.

Craig Lord

It may well be most appropriate, Yozhik. Of course, no one is asking anyone to throw stones, merely to ask that national federations ask the right questions, press for transparency, ask the leaders of the sport to open the organisation up to review and improvement and accept a better model of governance; stand up for what in private they say is wrong but in public they do nothing about; open themselves up to the views of their membership; even listen to their membership; stop leaning on PR, propaganda and masquerade and lean towards the light of the truth, transparency and serving the very people that make their privileged positions possible. Their collective failure to do any of that – domestic and intl federations – has led to blind eyes being turned and a great many athletes (and coaches and others, including anyone who raises a red flag) hurt in the process down many a long year. It is my view that the likes of Maglione – and he is not alone – lack any measure of leadership skill, knowledge of their realm that would be required to do a reasonable, let alone a fine, job. He and several others at leadership level are cut from the same cloth, so to speak, when it comes to motivation and mission: self first and as Nick Thierry liked to put it ‘uno para ti, dos para mi’, which is why swimmers can be found in cattle class and the 3-star hotel and the biggest blazer(s) can be found in 1st class, a limo and a 5-star hotel, with hosts delivering to his door any number of services he feels he is entitled to. ‘His’ is deliberate: the number of women in those high positions can be counted on the fingers of a one-armed man who lost most his remaining digits in an accident making a cheese sandwich

clive rushton

Yozhik, why would I want to use one short word when eight long ones will do the job almost as well 🙂

commonwombat

I think Craig just summed up the “blazeratti” to a tee ! Progression is via inertia with position and (presumed) power needing to be wrested from their cold dead hands before any transition ….. and the cycle resumes once more.

Even those with some semblance of intent for change will either be worn down by the sheer inertia of the organisations with the result that they either resign (and give up the expenses paid life on the gravy train) or “fall into line”.

Furthermore, can they/their own national federations stand up to the back-lash of any counter-response when lodging doping allegations. Rest assured, any and every minute transgression will be laid out against you. Hence, the general state of mutual blackmail ensures the inertia.

Sad but unfortunate fact of life of many international sports governing bodies where wealthy, and sometimes openly corrupt interests; have so many votes in their pockets as they are essentially the “paymasters”/poorer nations reliant on them for revenue. Case in point international cricket with India.

pegasus523

The global crisis in sports demands a global response. The first rule of the river: You must participate in your own rescue. Every Federation and Coaches Association must participate if real change is to result. Every top swimming nation of the world must participate.

Craig Lord

Quite right, Pegasus, thank you for making that point. I take it that the reader appreciates (and if not, here it is spelled out) that USA Swimming – a body whose members do a great deal of good work – is singled out of late for 2 reasons in this discussion: it showed a hand under pressure and, in my view, jumped the wrong way; it is a leader in world swimming and others look to it for direction. Of course, there are many key federations doing almost nothing at all apart from going along with what they’ve got right now. Some of that is fear, some of it complacency, some of it a bunch of other things. The events of the past year, however, should have clearly indicated to all of them that the status quo is no longer sustainable.

commonwombat

As long as the existing body holds the sole key to the cookie jar/ ie controls the entry to the “big show” like Olympics; national federations will be loathe to jump … or at least not till after Rio.

Maybe then we’ll see some moves in some major sports but, barring IAAF completely disintegrating over the next 9 months; I’m not seeing any moves until post Rio.

Craig Lord

Indeed, Commonwombat, too many people who could make a difference by making a stand have much on their hands and much at stake; they are nearing the peak of an Olympic cycle. If major changes are to happen across sports governance in general, I think few expect them before Rio, barring news that changes that general picture in dramatic fashion. Of course, dramatic events that have already forced changed have happened at FIFA and the IAAF but the full extent of the drop and revolution that may follow has not yet shown its face.

beachmouse

Part 2 of the WADA investigation-the section not to be released until French police are happy with the status of the criminal investigation- is currently set to go into public hands just after the new year, at which time the IAAF might be forcibly disintegrated.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-15/athletics-could-be-banned-from-olympics-if-doping-scandal-leads/6942184?section=sport

“The WADA Independent Commission (IC), that this week released a damning report on alleged systemic doping in Russia, told ABC NewsRadio suspension of the IAAF is an option for them when they release part two of their report, expected at the end of the year,

“Well that might well be some of the recommendations that come forward when we do the second phase of our report,” Commissioner Richard McLaren said.”

beachmouse

RUSADA as a whole has been suspended by WADA for non-compliance:

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/nov/18/russian-anti-doping-agency-suspended-wada

“In addition, Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia and Ukraine have also been declared as non-compliant, with Brazil, Belgium, France, Greece, Mexico and Spain placed on a compliance watchlist.”

Some interesting names on the watchlist as well, eh?

Yozhik

Is “been suspended ” and ” been declared as non-compliant” same thing in terms of consequences? If it is not then what is the difference? Tnx

beachmouse

I think just non-compliant can get you effectively a probationary period where you clean up your act under WADA supervision.

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