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World coaches back calls for WADA doping probe into Russian swimming - media

March 26, 10:32 UTC+3 BERLIN
The Times daily reported on Wednesday referring to its own investigation that Russian swimmers had been systematically consuming banned performance enhancing drugs
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BERLIN, March 26. /TASS/. The Boards of the World Swimming Coaches (WSCA) have led calls for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to extend doping probes into Russian swimming, the Swimvortex website reported Saturday.

The initiative was also supported by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA), the British Swimming Coaches Association (BSCA) and the Canadian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (CSCTA). The head coach of Germany’s national swimming team, Henning Lambertz, suggested that Russia should not swim at the Olympic Games if the revelations in The Times about doping rogues operating in Russian swimming prove to be correct.

"We further call on WADA to extend its inquiries to all nations sounding the kind of alarm bells we hear tolling from the likes of Russia and China," the announcement from John Leonard, the Executive Director of WSCA, said.

"FINA (the International Swimming Federation) has no credibility in Anti-Doping. FINA Executive Director, Cornel Marculescu speaking last summer in Kazan, Russia, said: "You cannot condemn the stars just because they had a minor incident with doping. This is an insult to every clean athlete in the world of swimming, and demonstrates beyond mere corporate rhetoric what the international swimming federations’ real view is of doping," the statement said.

As was reported on Friday with reference to the Russian swimmer Yana Martynova’s personal coach Gulnara Aminova, Martynova had been suspended for four years over doping as the drug ostarin has been found in her body system. The media reported that the International Swimming Federation had confirmed Martynova’s suspension. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) suspended the swimmer from competitions on July 27, 2015 after she tested positive for doping on July 18.

The Times daily reported on Wednesday referring to its own investigation that Russian swimmers had been systematically consuming banned performance enhancing drugs. The International Swimming Federation released a statement later on saying it was aware of The Times investigation but had "no concrete evidence of systemic doping in Russian swimming." The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency Craig Reedie said the organization would study the documents and make a decision regarding the punishment based on this information.

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