Comment: Stripped!, reads the banner of a campaign to have all GDR results cancelled, red background, tabloid typeface, exclamation mark and all. It might also have read ‘Abused Twice!” for victims now victims all over again. The truth of the GDR story should be acknowledged not rammed in the faces of victims with the same vigour as it took Kipke and his cronies to ram needles in their butts; we should not wipe out history – it happened; what we can do is honour those robbed of their rightful place and adjust the books with every footnote necessary to make sport an honest place for future generations while treating victims on all sides with the dignity and recognition that they deserve
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Opinion: cue the violins, soften the lights, make sure you have some tissues to hand: Lance Armstrong wants us all to feel sorry for him. He got a deal more raw than others and doesn’t think it serves sport well to look back 15 years and in doing so expose a man who cheated and cheated and cheated and cheated and lied and lied and lied and lied. What relevance to swimming? Everything
Corruption in sport and its growing and dangerous impact on young people was discussed today at a special United Nations-hosted forum, “Sport Integrity – a right for youth”, by leaders from the world of sport, government, international development and child protection – and an International Sport Integrity Day proposed; the gaze of leaders may be drawn to events in China of late amid accusations that races were being called by the corrupt
Comment: The head of USA Swimming, Chuck Wielgus, has revealed that Michael Phelps (photo – his last gold medal at London 2012) and others knew of a plan to switch to morning finals at Beijing 2008 more than a year before the rest of the world got to hear about it; global sports authorities fall down on their responsibility to all when the decision-making process comes down to a one-nation, one-eyed view
Hop back 50 years and you find coaching pathfinders Forbes and Ursula Carlile boarding a plan from Australia to the Netherlands to work with the likes of pioneer of pac on ‘fly Ada Kok and others at a time when the blazers Down Under thought the notion of professional coaches beneath them; Hop forward to October 2013 and the news that Dutchman Jacco Verhaeren is to be the first foreign Head Coach to Australia come January. What did Forbes, now 92, think? And why is Bill Sweetenham telling Australian coaches: don’t follow Europe’s lead – it won’t work?
Pieter Van den Hoogenband, known as the Eindhoven Express on his way to the swim Pantheon, sets the sprint cat among the mid-distance pigeons in his newspaper column in The Netherlands today; three-times Olympic champion calls for halving of the swim program to save the sport in which the likes of Dutch ace Ranomi Krowowidjojo thrives – and he takes to task officials who fail to look beyond the walls they built
Editorial: After the World Juniors Championships wrapped up in Dubai last Sunday, we ran a headline on our coverage of the last day of action that read “Horton King, Meilutyte Queen, Australia Wins Meet”. A reader wrote it to raise an oft-debated point: who won the meet? Not Australia, he believed. The debate cuts to the heart of what elite, world-class sport is about
Comment: The 2024 Olympics is the next time the United States can play host to the Summer Games and Washington, D.C. would be a strong fit, writes John Lohn … almost 30 years is way too long for the USA to wait to host the Games
Editorial: As RTVE, the national host broadcaster, poured over the slow-motion shots of the women’s 10km marathon at the Moll de la Fusta course, viewers got the point, each buoy swum round a fight for space so tight that athletes were literally swimming over each other; open water needs its best distance pool swimmers – but it won’t keep them if the sport is more slap and stick than true world-class sports theatre
Editorial: And the winner of this week’s Most Stupid Comment by a United States Congressman Award goes to Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senator from South Carolina. Congratulations Mr. Graham, you have won the following prizes: Full understanding that you possess not a lick of problem-solving skills. And, complete reality that you are incapable of learning from the past.
Editorial: Science goes a long way but sometimes it misses the point (hopefully not of no return). The announcement by the FINA Bureau today that 31C waters are acceptable for racing in by swimmers travelling only a touch off the pace of leading 1500m freestylers in the pool tells us that there is no danger to the health of athletes in waters that warm; those who have swum in such waters may well still have their doubts
Editorial: Swimming Australia and its board have good reason to heed siren voices and advice of folk with proven swimming and leadership qualities but as EnergyAustralia pulls the plug, it runs the risk of being perceived as a fair-weather friend, a wind-catcher unwilling to ride a relatively small storm; the dedication and determination of the Dolphins, detached as such things are from dollars, will survive the current power cut
Editorial: There are no winners in abuse. The confrontation now rising in the US tells us about a world in which silence is not golden but gangrenous. The darkness of her experience may live with Kelley Currin for all her days but her world got brighter the moment she broke her silence.
Editorial: Where has a one-lap sprint not been given the same respect as multi-lap races? The answer to that question – for years – has been the USA. With the exception of the 50 free, an Olympic discipline, the 50 stroke events have long been forgotten entities in the United States. The 50 breast? No biggie. The 50 back? So what. The 50 ‘fly? Whoopty do.
Does swimming really want a radical change to breaststroke that would represent a throwback to what the sport got rid of a long time ago: a hybrid butterfly/breaststroke, otherwise known as “frog-fly”? It seems not, if the views of coaches and swimmers are to be heeded
Editorial British sprinter Adam Brown may have to quit the sport if he cannot find a way of paying his way. His country stopped funding him last November, the swimmer revealed on Twitter today. At the surface, the picture is clear: disappointment in 2012, no support in 2013 after funding cuts in the wake of […]
Editorial: Back in 1911, a man called George Corsan, a Canadian chief instructor and pool designer for the YMCA and author of some of the first definitive books on swimming instruction, was to be found teaching a fishtail action in swimming that would ultimately led to the birth of modern butterfly in 1952. Between the […]
Editorial: Today as Australia wakes just as Europe heads to bed, TV viewers in the US and on the net worldwide via Oprah Winfrey’s media platform, will watch the star American show host look Lance Armstrong in the eye and ask him, we hope, to explain what happened, who was involved and how he can […]
Editorial: The damning USADA report into Lance Armstrong and the USPS cycling team built to further his cycling career is not only significant to the future of the world of wheels but to the culture of sport worldwide, among athletes, coaches, doctors and the federations who run the show. Serious questions will now follow for […]
Editorial: Australian coach Denis Cotterell has put his neck on the line and defended Chinese swimmers as clean – there is nothing to answer for. He is sure. We ought to note here, that the coach has vested interest: China is important to his personal income, Australia, his home programme unable or unwilling to pay […]
Editorial: The case for Europe returning to a four-year cycle or at least shifting its event to a slot where the best are able to turn up and race at peak, in keeping with the pattern for the Pan Pacific Championships, became all the more compelling over seven days of mixed bag challenges last week […]