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December 19, 2017 -
Editorial. Russia had more than 25 swimmers on a list of about 300 athletes cited in the WADA report compiled by investigator Prof. Richard McLaren into Russian doping in 2016. They were deemed to have fallen foul of anti-doping rules in one way or another in the the past decade. Now, the names have been handed to FINA by a IOC and WADA asking for answers. Who, what and when….
November 28, 2017 -
Editorial: An International Olympic Committee commission has judged that orchestrated cheating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games “a conspiracy which infected and subverted the Olympic Games in the worst possible manner”. So much for the denials of a Russia regime that knows the truth but can’t bring itself to tell it; so much for the criminally minded stance of the former Russian Olympics boss who said Stalin would have had the right solution for Grigory Rodchenkov and recommended he be shot dead; so much for those who were wilfully blind; so much for FINA’s endorsement of the same Moscow lab at the heart of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games that handled all samples from a 2015 home Russia World Swimming Championships in Kazan. Time for the IOC to alter a bad course of Olympic history
November 17, 2017 -
There’s a new label in town: “OLY”, for all Olympians who register and comply with a code. It is supposed to be a badge of honour – and, indeed, is, for many athletes who work hard, set fine standards in their sports and in their lives at large. For them, such recognition is well earned and deserved. The flip side of “great achievement”, however, rests in the potential to bind the bad-to-mediocre and worse to the good-and-excellent realm of credibility and honour that one thinks of when mentioning a Phelps here, a Gould, a Meyer and Meagher there, an Adlington, a Peirsol, a Peaty, an O’Neill, a Sjostrom, a Regdrave over on the lake and on and on.
November 10, 2017 -
Editorial He was something of a footnote at the end of a long press release from the International Olympic Committee waking up to the idea that coaches count after having failed for decades to recognise the work of those who help get the athletes to the start in the kind of shape it takes if… […]
October 24, 2017 -
Editorial: Britain’s para-swimming world is sinking in allegation and denial as the very investigation and inquiry report into all of it comes under under scrutiny. For the sake of world-class swimming and coaching in Britain – not to mention the welfare of the athletes such as those making complaints – the right thing now would be to conduct a legal review of the inquiry in which Rob Greenwood and others are given a chance to call on experts to defend a system that was not only approved by their federations and funders but had now landed them in water hot enough rot boil their prospects of ever working on the burning deck of elite sport again when that might be wholly unfair. Only then will we reach a deeper understanding of the kind that can decide whether the world-class preparation system that has delivered overwhelming success of late is fit for purpose and people.
October 16, 2017 -
Editorial: There’s a place for flags and anthems in sport, including using them as a peaceful way of protesting against the unacceptable, as Anthony Ervin just did when taking the knee as a member of the large club of sportsmen and women looking for a better day in their country
September 11, 2017 -
The WSA Sets Up Shop Just As FINA Courts Conquer By Destroying Itself From Within. As SwimVortex takes a short break from the daily news beat and delivers a home-page package of features that consider the highlights of 2017, we leave you our autumn essay and consideration of the state of play in swimming governance. “A great civilisation is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within” – Will Durant. Come down from Olympus, from ancient Greeks and Romans and “The Story of Civilization”, come down from the Amazonian tribes depicted in Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto … and we find a form of civilisation in the throes of self-destruction in international sports governance
September 6, 2017 -
Editorial. The International swimming federation has finally reached the tipping point on doping. Just when you thought FINA could sink no lower, it will have Park Tae-hwan* and the asterisk he tows for falling foul of the WADA Code as ambassadors for its showcase 2019 World Championships. Forgiveness is essential. To forget and wipe the slate c lean and expect that to send the right message on clean sport is folly.
August 21, 2017 -
Bravo! Fernando Álvarez. The Spanish masters swimmer stood still on his blocks at the start of the 200m breaststroke at the World Masters Championships and left FINA leaders look once more like the folk who lost the plot. Many hours spent entertaining and honouring an Olympic Sheikh, the FINA first vice-president who works for him by his side – both Kuwaitis named by the U.S. Justice Department as co-conspirators in a case involving almost $1m of payments to Guam soccer official Richard Lai. Many months spent in preparing the politics to get an 81-year-old returned to the FINA throne on the back of broken promises and all for the sake of handing power over world swimming to … two Kuwaitis playing a Game of Olympic Thrones. But not a minute to spare – until the stench hit them…
August 18, 2017 -
Editorial: Masters are racing at world titles in Budapest. Their FINA boss is from that swimming powerhouse, Senegal. He’s a member of the FINA Bureau and gets a hefty per diem when on business for the international federation. He’d like African to host its first Masters Championships for the continent – but for that you actually need some swimmers who came through development and even to international waters not because they are subsidised by FINA universality handouts but because they are good enough; good enough even to manage more than two laps of the pool. All part of the system of control that maintains the status quo