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January 7, 2017 -
The start to a fine feature on Canadian law professor Richard McLaren in The Globe and Mail is telling: what Donald Trump refuses to see in another realm, McLaren has been dealing with for a while now, namely that Russians have sought and are seeking surreptitious ways to lock down the truth and steer the agenda to their favour. Spy story. One the media is well aware of.
January 6, 2017 -
Editorial: Twelth Night. Swimming is in the midst of its own epiphany, 2016 marking the rekindling of a yule log that has smoked not glowed for far too long. For log read clean sport and the failure of global sports governors to deliver it. Deep in the hearth is the ash of underlying crisis: governance structures that deliver poor to woeful ‘leadership’ that takes its cue from self-interest. The flow of Olympic money – $5.5bn in a quad – is interesting but deeper understanding tells us some of the reasons why athletes need professional representation at a time when national federations are falling down in their constitutional duty to hold the fire to FINA’s feet
December 20, 2016 -
John Leonard, the Executive Director of the World Swimming Coaches Association and its American member organisation (ASCA) just spent the day with a FINA blazer. Here’s what he concluded
December 5, 2016 -
Editorial – The World Short-Course Championships get underway in Windsor, Canada, tomorrow. Six days to go until the FINA circus packs up at the end of a woeful years for the international federation. Plenty of fast swimming ahead but spot the missing swimmers and spot the mistakes FINA continues to make season in, season out
November 28, 2016 -
Editorial – A long-term campaigner for clean sport, John Leonard sets out the pathway to clean sport governed in the interests of athletes, starting with: “The real power in sport is with the athletes. Read that again three times. As athletes, you have become so used to the mindset of ‘big brother IOC will take care of all’ that now that that trust has been betrayed, you have not realized ITS ALL ABOUT YOU. Your heart, soul, passion and BODY are what the IOC is getting rich on, and all the IF’s underneath them as well, (Read FINA, with their 100 Million in the bank while you starve)
November 15, 2016 -
Roll-up, roll-up. The Pro-Swim Classic is born. Some have dubbed it Swimbledon: swimming’s attempt to create a race-for-wages series that doesn’t clash with the sport’s premium showcases at the Olympic Games and World Championships and hands swimmers control of their own destinies at the start of a new professional era in the pool. The following is an editorial and fictional account of where swimmers might dream about swimming to
November 11, 2016 -
Editorial. After considering the woeful state of the world cup, casting a glance at one of the biggest battlegrounds ahead – access to decision making – the following article invites you to think about what’s not worked, why and what might be done about it before we look at what a professional swimming world might one day come to look like. With seasons in mind, with consistency of offer never far from thought, what, if not the world cup, could swimming offer to swimmers and swimmers offer to swimming to translate their skills and thrills to a wider world while making a living from all their hard work and talent?
November 1, 2016 -
After considering the woeful state of the world cup and ahead of some thoughts on what a professional swimming world might one day come to look like, the following article highlights one of the primary barriers to significant progress for swimmers and swimming beyond the biggest championship moments.
October 30, 2016 -
The World Cup is done for another year. No-one starved but neither was this a season of plenty in the short-course pool. In fact, it was the weakest world-cup showcase in the history of such events going back to the days before FINA harnessed it as a potential showcase and pay day for swimmers and swimming. The series limped to an end today in Hong Kong, where there was another very solid effort, of 14:18.53, from Ukraine’s Mikhail Romanchuk in a 1500m free that provided the highlight of the curtain-closer. As to the cup, thank goodness its over. The cup is a failed product that needs removing from the shelf. Why does it not work? Why is it that the bulk of world-class swimmers, coaches and programs opt out not in? Is the money to blame? Should we throw more at it? Is the format to blame? Should it be changed? Is the timing of events in a confused calendar that can with some ease be described as catastrophic (as in “extremely unfortunate or unsuccessful”; awful, lamentable, miserable” and so forth) at fault? What can be done?
September 16, 2016 -
Editorial: Pro-Russia hacking into the Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS) of the World Anti-Doping Agency – the place where the confidential profiles of athletes are kept – comes with a loaded agenda, one that seeks to normalise the abnormal. Even so, the illegal breaking of confidence has prompted debate about the TUE system and the strength of checks and balances. Details of the system and association assurances about ADAMS has not filtered through to leading coaches in swimming – how can that be – and what can de done about it?