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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Low Gap
5 years ago

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

Joel Lin
5 years ago

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.

Crawler
5 years ago

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

Bo swims
Reply to  Crawler
5 years ago

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

James
5 years ago

Shocking considering that they seem to care less about athletes racing in high water temps (or dirty water).

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Not surprising considering that FINA loves so much Russia. And its money.

But if I was the chief of the LA bid for 2024, I would immediately ask everybody in USA to stop irritating a lot of countries in the world by giving the image of the cop who gives doping lessons to the entire planet. If not, you will again wonder why the US city has not been chosen (USA couldn’t win in 2005 after the insane and disastrous Iraq war and couldn’t win in 2009 because of the IOC/USOC war about revenues). You have already irritated a lot of nations with the investigation about FIFA. Thanks to the US attorney general and to the FBI for that but… Read more »

Jordan
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

And the French swimmers werent using cocaine?

AKMI20
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

This is an American site, you wonder why you get down voted yet you attack the United States?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

No one can deny that French are pragmatic. The mind wanders back to the past during WWII: French soldiers learned very quickly how to say “I surrender” in German and English.

G.I.N.A.
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

They put up a good fight against Julius Caesar. The Normans were French . Napoleon made the lowlanders have surnames which is why South Afrikaaners have so many . Then there are Peugeots .

Living next door to Germans is not like living next door to Alice.

M Palota
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

It’s better to lose on the right point than win on the wrong one.

If kissing FINA’s / the IOC’s [email protected]@ and saying that, in fact, the emporer’s new clothes are quite lovely are prerequisite to winning the Games, then I’d rather lose.

robbos
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

WOW!!!! I cannot believe what I just read. I’m a massive football (soccer for Americans) supporter & as far as most fans are concerned, we are grateful to the Americans to stirring the hornet’s nest that was FIFA. Australia, Korea, Japan & the US all lost out to that corrupt decision to hold the WC in Qatar. This showed FIFA for everything they are!!!! Thank you America, while FIFA may still be corrupt, you got rid of Blatter & Platini.

Oh & BTW Viva Portugal!!!!

Crawler
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Actually, I find that Bobo Gigi’s piece is very honest in that it truly reflects what the French think. We are separated by more than language. One of the great strengths of America is that laws and rules are there to be respected, in France it is an option. And it is true that the French pride themselves on being pragmatic. We in the US prefer to be principled; although we are no angels, we feel,that if you are caught you should pay the price. We have cheats but we push back and fight against sleaze and corruption because we believe it is wrong and that we must stand for what is right. And in the end, the US can’t… Read more »

G.I.N.A.
Reply to  Crawler
5 years ago

Just stsying on the doping – i cannot believe that (2014) only 34 persons fell foul of USADA ltests / whereabouts in the whole nation. Oh come on .

Crawler
Reply to  G.I.N.A.
5 years ago

I don’t know. As I said, we are no angels (Gatling in track and field s a pretty bad example) but I very much doubt that doping is a government sponsored effort, unlike in Russia.

ford
Reply to  Crawler
5 years ago

I have never read such utter rubbish. The USA only cares about the rest of the world following laws and rules. That way it can stay on top. Don’t fool yourself. A lot of countries are very corrupt. USA is one of them.

Crawler
Reply to  ford
5 years ago

Your view is far from unique. Most of the world doesn’t understand why the US doesnt abuse its dominant position (presumably they would if put in the same position). We have plenty of cheats and bad apples in all venues of life, and at times we misbehave. But we are a nation that believes in certain values and more often that not wants to do the right thing; that’s why it is the power it is.

David Berkoff
5 years ago

FINA is concerned only about money. The Russian federation and partners kick a lot of cash to FINA and this kind of blind eye attitude by FINA is the reason why WADA needs to take over all doping control. We can never give into dopers or federations that support doping.

Bo swims
Reply to  David Berkoff
5 years ago

100%

Beckie Scott is on the athletes commission and is screaming at the top of her lungs on this. To my knowledge she is the only athlete who has held all 3 medals from an Olympic race after 2 separate doping upgrades. Chapeau to the CCES and USADA. What the Russians did in Sochi was an absolute fraud.

Joel Lin
Reply to  David Berkoff
5 years ago

David, at what point does the IOC determine that FINA is a liability to their own franchise? The Olympics are a tens of billions business. To some extent, FINA is a stone in their shoe to borrow from the mob movie motif. I think FINA is bad for business. I think the IOC has to recognize at some point the threat to their cash flow and ongoing prestige.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  David Berkoff
5 years ago

FINA is concerned only about money.

Yes. Same goes for every other federation in sports, even the ones tasked with doping control.

beachmouse
5 years ago

Remember that under FINAs own rules, the Russians were one external doping violation away from getting banned from fielding a pool swimming team for Kazan. (And given what we’ve learned in the past year about both Russia and FINA, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a cover-up of a ‘strike’ that would have triggered a ban)

Joel Lin
Reply to  beachmouse
5 years ago

Wouldn’t ‘one more’ be the Russian swimmer banned 4 years last week? That was for steroids, not blood doping. Maybe there is some misguided distinction there.

thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

No surprise that they are worried, they did everything do get all the cheaters to Rio. I guess Putin wouldnt be too happy with FINA if Efimova still wouldnt be able to compete in Rio. Just because they dont get as much attention as FIFA, doesnt mean that IAAF, FINA, FIVB or IHF are any better.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

It might have been too harsh to say that they did everything they could to get all the cheater to Rio (i am probably overestimating their influence), but they for sure didnt do everything they could or at least much to prevent those cheaters from competing in Rio. I think the past has shown that the Doping Problems wont disappear just by not talking about them and maybe FINA has to learn this the hard way. Sport officials have to be really cautious, because a lot of People already lost all their interest in Sport, because there is too much Doping. In the end this will also be bad for the officials, because they will earn less as a results,… Read more »

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