After Summit, FINA “Concerned” About Calls to Ban Russia from Olympics

FINA, the world governing body for aquatic sports, has released a statement outlining their “concern” for calls from American and Canadian Anti-doping authorities to ban Russia from the Olympic Games.

The calls, which chase the decision by the IAAF (FINA’s equivalent for athletics) to ban the Russian Federation from the Olympics, came from a draft letter signed by the CEOs of both the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports (CCES).

“The only appropriate, and permissible, course of action in these unprecedented circumstances is for the IOC to immediately suspend the Russian Olympic and Paralympic Committees from the Olympic Movement… and declare that no athlete can represent Russia at the Rio Olympic Games.”

FINA, however, says that those calls ahead of the soon-to-be-released McLaren report, which has been launched by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) under the lead of Richard McLaren into investigations of Russian doping at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games – the latest in a run of reports.

FINA, however, didn’t just criticize any premature judgements; instead they also took a run at WADA themselves.

FINA is also concerned that there has been a drive behind the scenes, led by the WADA Athletes Commission Chair, to get a global coalition of support from selected organisations in the Olympic Movement to support the call for the total ban on Russia. Again, all of this is based on the findings of the McLaren Report which is meant to have been independent and confidential.

Despite both recent and long-running histories of doping from Russian swimmers, FINA has continued to maintain supportive tones with the Russian Federation that hosted the 2015 World Championships. In a press release on Thursday, the Russians spoke glowingly of their latest visit with FINA president Julio Maglione, who they say “praised the great contribution” of the Russian Federation to FINA programs.

The fight against doping was discussed during that meeting, as was Russia’s upcoming bid to host the 2017 Junior World Championships, with Russia claiming to have been assured of a “good chance” at hosting in the future.

The full FINA statement is below:

FINA is concerned by the premature calls from US and Canadian Anti-doping authorities to ban Russia from Rio 2016 Olympic Games several days ahead of the publication of the independent McLaren report. The contents of this report were meant to be kept strictly confidential until publication.

FINA is also concerned that there has been a drive behind the scenes, led by the WADA Athletes Commission Chair, to get a global coalition of support from selected organisations in the Olympic Movement to support the call for the total ban on Russia. Again, all of this is based on the findings of the McLaren Report which is meant to have been independent and confidential.

Such breaches of confidentiality and the perception of a breach of independence of the report undermine its credibility. This is a very serious matter for us all.

Considering the above, FINA naturally expects the IOC to apply the principles and values shared by the Olympic Movement.

 

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Even more fuel for the fight to come up with an organization better than FINA.

FINA is FIFA lite.

The money isn’t as good but the apparent lesser fascination with their antics by the IOC and others keeps this racket going.

Next up: LA doesn’t get the 2024 Olympics because the IOC doesn’t want any part of a US sovereign entity investigation by the FBI.

With the Rio lab declared unfit, where will the drug tests be carried out?

Lab is supposed to be released opening soon. My guess is there will be staff from other labs overseeing the games tests.

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