USA Plugs Doping Loophole: Coaches Barred From SupportIng Swimmers In Sin Bin

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The USA Swimming House of Delegates has taken an important step in the fight against doping: coaches in the United States, with immediate effect, will no longer be able to coach swimmers serving a suspension for falling foul of the WADA Code

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The USA Swimming House of Delegates has taken an important step in the fight against doping: coaches in the United States, with immediate effect, will no longer be able to coach swimmers serving a suspension for falling foul of the WADA Code

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Ger

Good news. A good step forward. Well done to all the coaches.

Verram

I wish Australia would close that loophole as well but they still get away with it in some ways… $$$ dictates things

Yozhik

If it is not too much to ask can somebody explain what the usa swimming house of delegates is and what administrative power does it have. I got lost with hierarchy of different committees and organizations related to the professional competitive swimming in usa? Tnx

Craig Lord

Yozhik, it is effectively the board, the decision-making body of USAS, with final say on rules and policy.

Yozhik

Thank you, Craig. But actually my question was if this institution can enforce its rule and decisions. If they have a legal power over coaches’ earnings. If professional clubs and facilities have to obey these decisions and must adjust internal rules in accordance with House’s regulations. Or it can only indirectly influence the life within usa swimming community like Mr. Sweetenham appealed to the coach’s ethical norms in Australia.

Craig Lord

Yozhik, they do indeed have power over any who are members, including financial power over the prizes the federation grants them. Technically and by the letter of the swim ‘law’, they can now bar coaches if they break those new rules and insist on the return of monies.

Craig Lord

Roy, more relevant would be for other swimming nations and coaches from other nations to follow this example and adopt the same stance.

Yozhik

Verram, three things have to be done to withstand $$$ temptation. The immoral things should be named as they are. There should be legal system that determine wrong doing and an adequate responsibility. And dollars should fight dollars – a fair free market system of earnings has to be in place. The system that guarantees professional swimmer living above the line of poverty. If someone can make millions then good for him but many others with proper rank have to be able to live a decent life. USA swimming made almost a half way in this direction.

beachmouse

USAS National Team direct stipend for a post-grad with a top-12 world ranking is $42,000 a year for 2016. Which is better than what many sports including athletics get from their federations and a living wage except for high cost areas like coastal California/Washington D.C/NYC/Boston.

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