USA Considers WADA-Code Back-Up Rules To Ban Coaches Coaching Banned Swimmers

Yuliya Efimova waved goodbye to racing for just over a year when after testing positive … and that would not be the end of it - by Patrick B. Kraemer

In the wake of case such as those of Yuliya Efimova and Natalia Lovtsova, proposals to back the WADA Code with clear domestic guidance when it comes to coaches working with swimmers banned for doping during their periods of suspension will be considered by USA Swimming’s Rules Committee next month in readiness for an autumn vote

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In the wake of case such as those of Yuliya Efimova and Natalia Lovtsova, proposals to back the WADA Code with clear domestic guidance when it comes to coaches working with swimmers banned for doping during their periods of suspension will be considered by USA Swimming’s Rules Committee next month in readiness for an autumn vote

Comments

aswimfan

I do not understand why Dave Salo risked his reputation by taking back in all those banned swimmers.

Clive Rushton

I know the forum you mention: “My team is a family, and I would not think it is right for me, as coach, to shun one of my swimmers, even if they were caught cheating.” and that comment astounds me.

Some years ago, when I was deck-coaching, I found out that one of my swimmers was using banned substances. The swimmer didn’t ‘prove’ positive, rather the evidence was interpreted by me from blood results during a step test. I confronted the swimmer with the evidence and the swimmer admitted the offence. It was mind-boggling to listen to the stories of availability of the drug in question, along with documented recommended cocktails, dosages, and timings, in ‘local’ night clubs.

The swimmer did not swim an additional single meter with me or with my program.

Craig Lord

Good for you Clive Rushton (my dad would have done the same, as you might imagine)

commonwombat

The old unspoken issue may also need to be acknowledged. Who and what interests are funding the squads and to what degree do they “call the shots” ? This is not necessarily USA specific but may apply to some degree but in some countries/some programs the commercial interests who provide the funding can also “call the tune”.

jman

While i agree with this in theory i wonder if there are issues with not allowing someone to pursue their livelihood (both swimmer and coach). The suspension is not a legal issue outside of the sport and sanctioning body. Keeping someone from their work is a legal issue, i would think. I guess that is why they have lawyers

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