Statement

By December 31, 2018Uncategorized

STATEMENT (1 August 2019)

1. As Patron of Swimming Australia I have zero tolerance of banned drugs (i.e. performance enhancing drugs) in sport. I will not be commenting on the recent investigations of one Australian swimmer whilst an ongoing investigation is underway.

2. As Swimming Australia Limited (SAL) is aware, after the problem concerning various members of the Australian swim team at the London Olympics, support was lost for Australian swimming. I was asked to come onboard Australian swimming (after many years of supporting swimming in West Australia, and then Queensland also) and did so on the ongoing basis of zero tolerance of banned drugs. SAL has been reminded of my ongoing position. Of course speculation should not be raised that I would pull my direct support from swimmers who accept my position re zero tolerance for banned drugs, as such speculation would not be correct.

3. We are advised that FINA’s rules for international swimming competitions include that those swimming, who may be under any investigation process regarding banned drugs, are not to compete in international swimming events. It is not appropriate for me to comment on any specific ongoing process.

4. Despite some public comment, one member only of the Chinese swim team, the behaviour of that one member, is not representative of China and certainly not a representative of the government or people of China. This matter should not be treated as a political issue in Australia when it is not.

5. My hope is in future that FINA will be uniform in its own rules in sport.

6. Significantly, my warmest congratulations to the Australian swim team competing at the FINA World Championships. 19 medals, including 5 gold! Australia came second in medal tally. Wow, fantastic! Australian swimmers again pull well above their weight for Australia, thanks to their dedication and huge efforts. They make our country proud.

 

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https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/patron-rinehart-to-swimming-australia-no-drugs/news-story/20dad0e24fcf14a2ed0688f230bf1210

PATRON RINEHART TO SWIMMING AUSTRALIA: NO DRUGS!

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

August 1, 2019 9:25am

 

Swimming Australia has been warned by the patron and major sponsor of Australia’s swimming team after Shayna Jack tested positive for drugs.

Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has reminded it her support is conditional on zero tolerance for drugs, but she says she is not going to pull her support from swimmers who accept that position.

Rinehart also said that whatever China’s Sun Yang is accused of, he doesn’t represent all Chinese swimmers.

Her statement:

1. As Patron of Swimming Australia I have zero tolerance of banned drugs (i.e. performance enhancing drugs) in sport. I will not be commenting on the recent investigations of one Australian swimmer whilst an ongoing investigation is underway.

2. As Swimming Australia Limited (SAL) is aware, after the problem concerning various members of the Australian swim team at the London Olympics, support was lost for Australian swimming. I was asked to come onboard Australian swimming (after many years of supporting swimming in West Australia, and then Queensland also) and did so on the ongoing basis of zero tolerance of banned drugs. SAL has been reminded of my ongoing position. Of course speculation should not be raised that I would pull my direct support from swimmers who accept my position re zero tolerance for banned drugs, as such speculation would not be correct.

3. We are advised that FINA’s rules for international swimming competitions include that those swimming, who may be under any investigation process regarding banned drugs, are not to compete in international swimming events. It is not appropriate for me to comment on any specific ongoing process.

4. Despite some public comment, one member only of the Chinese swim team, the behaviour of that one member, is not representative of China and certainly not a representative of the government or people of China. This matter should not be treated as a political issue in Australia when it is not.

5. My hope is in future that FINA will be uniform in its own rules in sport.

6. Significantly, my warmest congratulations to the Australian swim team competing at the FINA World Whampionships. 19 medals, including 5 gold! Australia came second in medal tally. Wow, fantastic! Australian swimmers again pull well above their weight for Australia, thanks to their dedication and huge efforts. They make our country proud.