Shocking: FINA Executive Director “Did Not See” Documentary on Russia Doping Scandal


Commentary by Brent Rutemiller, Publisher

PHOENIX – In what can only be called as shocking, Cornel Marculescu, Executive Director for the Federation Internationale De Natation (FINA), admits that he has not taken the time to watch the German film documentary “Secret Doping Dossier: How Russia Produces It’s Winners” exposing systematic doping in Russia.  The documentary has been the talk of the entire sporting world ever since its release two months ago.

This revelation is startling considering the fact that Russia will be hosting the FINA World Championship in Kazan, July 24-August 9, 2015.  RUSADA, Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency, will be conducting the doping control tests at the event.

RUSADA’s role in the scandal is mentioned in the documentary and will be part of an investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).   WADA founding President, Dick Pound stated, “This is an extremely alarming case.” Pound will be a part of the three member investigative commission.

Marculescu seems to be oblivious to these events.  Further concerning, Marculescu endorsed RUSADA in a recent letter to the American and World Coaches Association where he not only admitted he has not seen the documentary but said, “… we consider our collaboration and relations with RUSADA as normal and good.”

One would think that Marculescu, the most powerful executive in aquatic sports, would have educated himself on the documentary or at least read the transcripts.

Here is a links to the Documentary Video: Video

Just a quick search on the Internet shows that almost every media outlet in the world is reporting the seriousness and magnitude of systematic doping in Russia.  NOTE: Sometimes, the media gets it right!

We have captured a few of those links in an attempt to further educate Mr. Marculesu on the seriousness of this escalating issue:


ABC NewsFeb 4, 2015
The International Olympic Committee will examine Yulia Zaripova’sdoping case to determine whether the Russian athlete should be stripped of …

IAAF ‘concerned’ over Russian doping

BBC SportJan 21, 2015
On Tuesday, Russia’s anti-doping agency banned five racewalkers, … “The number of Russian doping cases in athletics generally, and in race …

Why the Russian Runner Doping Scandal Matters

Outside MagazineDec 15, 2014Share
Twelve days ago, crusading German journalist Hajo Seppelt broke news of a widespread doping conspiracy in Russian long-distance running.
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9 years ago

Documentary video links are not working, could you please provide new links? Thanx!

Jason Marsteller
9 years ago
Reply to  Milos

We updated the link!

Jorge Aguado
Jorge Aguado
9 years ago

Perhaps he must wait what FINA experts of Doping Panel have to say about………….

9 years ago

Why is this shocking to anybody? It seems consistent with almost everything I’ve read about FINA in the last decade, from many, many different sources.

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