We ask you: What would you do in the case of athletes who took a firm stance in opposition to the usage of performance enhancing substances?
Would you praise those athletes for adding their voices to those of the others who understand the scourge that drugs bring to competitions where somecompetitors have taken the cheaters’ route to glory?
Not if you were FINA.
Rather, you would hastily add codicils to your code of conduct that would vilify those speaking out, such as FINA did in the attempt to stifle silent protests, such as those of Aussie swimmer Mack Horton and Brit Duncan Scott at the World Championships in South Korea.
The two men’s crime?
Refusing to stand on the podium after finishing behind Chinese “star” Sun Yang after losing to Yang in in 200 and 400-metre races.
Yang was allowed to compete in the competition following reports that he smashed a vial of blood that testers took from him.
The egregious flaunting of the rules by Kang pointed out a key fact regarding international sports.
If you are from minnow countries, even the larger species of minnows represented by Australia and England, do not mess with China.
Never let us forget that sports are a business. Those who generate the most revenue operate under a different set of rules and FINA is right up there with FIFA and the Olympic Committee when it comes time to subjectively enforce their rules.
Retired swimmer Michael Phelps, along with other comments, suggested that Horton and Scott might have hurt their own performances in the pool by wasting too much energy on Yang, but FINA obviously does not intend to clean up its act until the results of permitting drug cheaters to compete has a negative impact on the profit and loss figures.