Video Shows FINA VP Zhou Jihong Coaching Chinese Diver At Tokyo Olympic Games

The alleged verbal abuse of a diving official at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has put a microscope on the supposed unethical behavior of current FINA Vice President and former Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zhou Jihong.

After Diving New Zealand issued a complaint on behalf of official Lisa Wright following the conclusion of last year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, where Wright alleged Zhou verbally abused her upon the completion of the men’s platform diving final, a whistleblower stepped forward and filed a much lengthier complaint against Zhou.

The report, filed by former New Zealand diver and current FINA Diving Technical Committee member Simon Latimer, alleges that Zhou uses her power to influence and manipulate diving results, namely to ensure the success of the Chinese divers competing.

Latimer also said that Zhou has been seen on deck at both the Tokyo Olympics and other high-level FINA events coaching the Chinese divers prior to and during the competition, highly unethical behavior for someone in her position at FINA.

A video of Zhou coaching a Chinese diver during the Tokyo Olympics has since come to light, confirming one of the claims made by Latimer.

Watch the video below or at streamable.com here:

In response to the allegations made by Wright, Zhou was required to issue her a formal apology, which she accepted. FINA’s Ethics Panel also proposed the removal of the Bureau Liasion Person, the position held by Zhou at the time of the incident.

FINA has yet to respond to Latimer’s claims, and reportedly told Kiwi outlet Stuff that Zhou can’t be investigated for the same complaint twice, garnering Latimer’s allegations moot.

Zhou, 57, was China’s first-ever Olympic gold medalist in diving, having won the 1984 title in the women’s platform event. She was voted as one of FINA’s five vice presidents in June at the FINA General Congress 2021 in Doha, Qatar.

The FINA Ethics Panel was formed in 2017, and the members for the 2021-2025 term were elected at the General Congress in June.

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Magotta
4 months ago

WTF

Lenka
4 months ago

she sounds like an absolutely horrible person

Erik
4 months ago

CORRUPT CORRUPT CORRUPT

Meg
4 months ago

Her behavior makes me want to 🤮🤮🤮

BrenK
Reply to  Meg
4 months ago

Iron lady is corrupt

Proud lamb
Reply to  Meg
4 months ago

The diving world is pissed off

Lee
5 months ago

WHAT A CHEATER SHE IS

Matso
Reply to  Lee
4 months ago

zhou was desperate for this diver to win. you can see it

Streamer
5 months ago

Of all the videos circulating showing Zhou’s lack of integrity the one linked below is the most blatant —

https://streamable.com/gdionr

coaching a diver clearly at a world championships. look at the way the diver even runs to her after the dive. Since this happened in 2017 it shows this behavior is happening for a longtime.

Lin
Reply to  Streamer
5 months ago

makes me angry. FINA bureau member should not be on deck coaching in training or competition. she has an obvious investment in Chinese team. not fair!!

No name
Reply to  Streamer
5 months ago

grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

6142B
Reply to  Streamer
5 months ago

totally coaching this athlete

Groshie
5 months ago

No comment from fina on this one yet?

Streamer
Reply to  Groshie
5 months ago

You have too much hope that they will do anything

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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