FINA Communications Department

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.