Chief Of Cheating Central & FINA Star Putin Tells Diplomats: Get Me New Doping Rules

Thomas Bach raises a glass with Vladimir Putin

Given that Russia has had the worst doping record on the planet this past decade – the tally of positives in the pool alone the worst return of all nations in that same time period – it may seem a little odd to find Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering his diplomats to seek changes to international doping rules. But that is what the recipient of FINA’s top prize (and that at a time when Russian swimming had the worst doping record in the sport) has done. Putin wants to ensure “the rules are fair and absolutely transparent”, as if the WADA Code and its banned substances list weren’t clear enough when his nation’s sports system was trampling all over them on a regular and systematic basis, as our archive shows. The news about FINA’s star politician coincides with IOC president Thomas Bach’s assertion in an interview with Japanese media today that: “… we can only accomplish our mission if we [the Olympic Movement and IOC]  have this autonomy, if we are politically strictly neutral”.

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Given that Russia has had the worst doping record on the planet this past decade – the tally of positives in the pool alone the worst return of all nations in that same time period – it may seem a little odd to find Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering his diplomats to seek changes to international doping rules. But that is what the recipient of FINA’s top prize (and that at a time when Russian swimming had the worst doping record in the sport) has done. Putin wants to ensure “the rules are fair and absolutely transparent”, as if the WADA Code and its banned substances list weren’t clear enough when his nation’s sports system was trampling all over them on a regular and systematic basis, as our archive shows. The news about FINA’s star politician coincides with IOC president Thomas Bach’s assertion in an interview with Japanese media today that: “… we can only accomplish our mission if we [the Olympic Movement and IOC]  have this autonomy, if we are politically strictly neutral”.

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