Though a Court of Arbitration case is pending for Yuliya Efimova*, she and the six Russians, including Vladimir Morozov, barred by FINA from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have been excluded from what the international swimming federation today describes as the "final Entry Lists" for all aquatic disciplines for the Games in Brazil.
“Allowing Russia at Rio creates the ultimate distraction. Every medal they win, discussions will focus away from the clean athletes. #WRONG” – So tweeted one of the most robbed greats of swimming in history, Shirley Babashoff, today. That summed up one of the main reasons why a blanket ban was essential; why the IOC has failed clean […]
as the count of Russians barred from Rio 206 grows to 37, CAS cases pending, Yuliya Stepanova, one of the key whistleblowers in exposing state-run doping in Russia has warned the leadership of the International Olympic Committee that they risk scaring away other potential witnesses to doping and other bad practices by refusing to allow her to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as a way of demonstrating a commitment to clean sport
A look at some of the betting lines ahead of action in the pool at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Most events on the opening day at the British Summer Championship in Sheffield went to age form, the 19 and overs holding sway but Abbie Wood and Rosie Rudin, two of the nation's most successful juniors in recent seasons changed all that in the 400m medley.
Editorial: I admit upfront that I'm writing a second editorial on the day under the influence of performance-detracting substances, typhus and various other shots coursing through vein as I contemplate words that, nonetheless, spark some of the clearest thought I ever had: Julio Maglione*** (that's our new asterisk denoting FINA officials who should resign for bringing the sport of swimming into disrepute) is unfit for purpose and should step down from the FINA presidency without hesitation
Sewage and trash continue to flow untreated into Rio de Janeiro’s waters, and recent tests found pathogens including rotaviruses and drug-resistant “super bacteria.”
Editorial: The IOC passed the ball to FINA, FINA passed the ball back to Russia and Efimova's team, which passes the ball to CAS confident that, with Gatlin in goal, victory is assured. ... Why else would Russia sacrifice Efimova and Co? That will be put to the test in the days ahead. If Russia is serious and genuine, then there will be no appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. If it made this move deliberately, knowing that the sacrifice followed by CAS appeal route would not only avoid a blanket ban but get its dopers back in, too, then Efimova and Co will have their day in court and arbitration may well deliver the death of the Olympic Games in Rio
The Rio 2016 organising committee has acknowledged that 19 of the 31 buildings in the Athletes Village have yet to pass safety tests as the competitors start to pour into Olympic city 2016 for the start of the Games next week.
Russia will have no Yuliya Efimova*, no Natalia Lovtcova**, no Anastasia Krapivina* (Marathon Swimming), no Mikhail Dovgalyuk*, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as a result of previous doping positives, while Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and Daria K. Ustinova gone, too, as swimmers named in the WADA investigation report.
"The fight against doping in sport requires strong international leadership, none more so in this case, where the integrity of an entire Olympic and Paralympic Games is at stake. I maintain the view that any actions less than what WADA has recommended at this critical point in time risks Rio being overshadowed by a contagious suspicion of compromised integrity and damaging the reputation of the Olympic movement. While the immediate priority for all parties must be resolving matters relating to the impending 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics, these issues must not be allowed to fade into the background at the conclusion of the Games." - Sussan Ley - Australian Sports Minister
Herald reporters spent a day training, eating and sleeping like an Olympian in a chosen sport. Today, Ben Hill shares his experience on his bout with synchronised swimming. I'd never worn speedos before, and it took me about 10...
The International Olympic Committee has failed to impose a blanket ban on Russia and has abdicated its duty by handing the decision on whether the country's athletes can compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to international federations such as FINA. A dark day for the Olympic Movement, which has put money and power above the interests of clean athletes and sport
On 31st July 2012 Chad le Clos, and his larger-than-life father Bert, became global stars when the 20-year-old Chad pulled off the “unbelievable” by beating Michael Phelps to Olympic Gold in the 200m butterfly at London 2012. The Rio 2016 Games get underway in Rio 12 days from now and all eyes will be on the rematch between Le Clos and a comeback Phelps, alongside another thirtysomething in the prime of his life, Laszlo Cseh, of Hungary. Today, "Unbelievable - the Chad le Clos Story" went live.
Rio’s Olympic village is "uninhabitable with serious plumbing and electrical problems making the apartment tower blocks so unsafe Australian athletes will be sent to hotels".
Women's backstroke and In keeping with the theme of our Olympic series series, we don't have to look too far to find the queen of consistency in the 100m: Emily Seebohm has built one of the most powerful event ownerships in the clock all events, all-time as the owner of 28 of the best 50 100m backstroke efforts ever seen (that count in textile). All but three of those efforts are sub-59. Missy Franklin is queen of the all-time 200 ranks: 4/4, 6/10 and 20/20 of the best performances ever. The Rio contenders.
Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, faces scrutiny in his own country this coming week, as the movement he leads votes on whether to impose a blanket ban on Russia for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games or go for a soft-option compromise that will anger many leading Olympians, coaches and officials in the world of elite sport. Today over at the Sport and Politics website under the headline "The IOC, the olympic family and the absolutely impeccable reputation of KGB/FSB agents", German journalist Jens Weinreich takes an explosive look at what he calls the "astonishing deep links at the heart of the Olympic movement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the secret services of the Soviet Union (KGB) and Russia (FSB)".
As if things could not have got any worse for Russia, backstroker Grigory Tarasevich, the European 100m silver medallist in London in May this year, who competes for the University of Louisville and trains in the United States, tested positive for meldonium on two separate occasions earlier this year, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has revealed. Turning 20 this year, Tarasevich will be able to race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games unless the IPOC imposes a blanket ban on Russia this coming week.
Under the headline, "Please ban Russia from the Rio Games", The Times newspaper today publishes a letter an the signatures of a wave of leading lights from the sports world calling for the IOC to impose a blanket ban on Russia for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games without 'half-measures'. Alongside the article explaining the views of leading figures in sport is the letter to the IOC signed by a host British Olympic champions and medallists, other Olympic medallists and athletes from around the world as well as politicians and leading figures from various strands of the sporting world. Leading swimmers are joined by the World, American, Australian and Canadian swimming coaches associations, all adding their weight to the plea for the International Olympic Committee to make a stand on Russia's "flagrant abuse of the anti-doping system".
Pools in some new apartment buildings have been elevated from their usual basement locations or embellished with high-end finishes.