Wednesday, 9 April 2008

FINA first to Adopt New WADA Code

News comes from the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA: the International Swimming Federation), that in celebrating its 100th Anniversary as a sporting Federation, that it is the first to adopt the new (and 'improved'?) WADA CODE, as of yesterday, 8 April 2008.

The FINA press release also mentions that FINA agreed on a "new set of FINA Medical & Ethical Rules concerning the security and the protection of the athletes' health", but has not yet located any published link to those Rules. FINA has no 'search' or 'sitemap' on its webpages, so perhaps (humour moment) they are only available to 'a small group of insiders'(??).

Perhaps the legal world that surrounds WADA's system, as is WADAwatch, anticipating the first complaint about the relaxation in the new WADA/FINA Code regarding mandatory (In some cases no longer mandatory) B Samples, as well as its undefined concept of Aggravating Circumstances.

WADAwatch wished good health, and good judgement, to swimmers around the world: We offer a conjecture that a case involving B Samples or Article 10.6 could very well be in the world sporting news soon enough, before Beijing.


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