Top 20 Most Significant Swimming Stories Of 2016: #15 – FINA, Same As It Ever Was?

A reminder of the source of systematic woe: how to solve a decades-old problem the IOC ignored for too long? The GDR, the Stasi paperwork used to serve criminal convictions on FINA prize winners; and Yuan Yuan in 1998 at the height of the China doping crisis - the ghosts of a past still haunting Olympic sport

SwimVortex continues a countdown of the most significant swimming stories of Olympic Year 2016. FINA – review, reform? Or replace? The arguments are all out there. Our No15 entry could have chosen so many issues from those covered in our FINA Future compilation of features on the federation’s handling of matters but none comes close to the damage wrought by its inability to get to grips with a doping crisis that FINA leaders to this day describe in these terms (words used by four people currently at the top table): “Swimming has no special problem with doping.” You could have fooled me. In looking for a way to explain why, I go back to July and reprint an Olympic essay and editorial penned on the cusp of Star Wars at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for those who want to be reminded of where and what the trail of woe leads to

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