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February 15, 2017 -
Editorial: Lilly King and her stance for clean sport at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has been described as the “North Star – our guiding light” of the United States Anti-Doping Agency by the man at the helm, Travis Tygart. In an editorial for the Clean Sport Collective’s website, Tygart rates King’s finger-wagging in the face of Yuliya Efimova, a then California-based Russia who tested positive for a banned steroid in 2013, among “favourite Olympic moments … unforgettable actions seared in our memory”. Sport has reached a defining moment, says Tygart, as he asks: “Since the depths of Russia’s state-supported doping system were brought to light, what has been done to prevent this from happening again? What will win it? Let the voice of the clean athlete, coach, program be heard.
February 6, 2017 -
Editorial: when Lawrie Cox returns to his duties as a director of the Board of Swimming Victoria on March 28 after what the regional federation must surely regard as a somewhat pyrrhic six-months suspension, both he and the blazerdom about him will know that Cox – and not his accusers – emerged from a tribunal hearing the winner. Tied for first place with him will be the rights and responsibilities of officials who speak up when things are go awry. The case of Swimming Victoria Vs Lawrie Cox effectively sends a green light to anyone serving on a commission or committee to act according to their conscience as a private individual
January 27, 2017 -
Craig Lord and John Lohn
He’s still serving a USA Swimming-imposed suspension for his involvement in an exaggerated robbery story from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but Ryan Lochte has a suit to wear when he returns to action. A 12-time Olympic medalist, Lochte has signed a sponsorship deal with TYR after being dumped by Speedo. Plus – comment on a shifting suits market that must make clean sport its mantra and promise
January 22, 2017 -
Time for answers: It was October 2014 when FINA honoured Putin. Since then, a wide range of SwimVortex articles, features and editorials have included the reasons why, under such circumstances, it was beholden on all who worked inside FINA in voluntary roles to question the decisions being taken by a few people at the helm of the international swimming federation and call on those there to provide the checks and balances that their role and presence demand to actually flick that most important of switches. High time that those who say they care about FINA’s survival, clean sport and much else showed it
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