Friday, May 22, 2009
Tech Suit Conspiracy Exposed?
I cut and pasted this comment from the floswimming Blue 70 Response to FINA's Ruling video. Of course, I have no way to confirm or deny any of it. For all we know someone at Blue 70 could have made it all up and posted it themselves. Or hell, maybe the Masons and the higher ups in the military who covered up the fiasco at area 51 are involved. Either way... I thought readers would find it interesting in light of all of the craziness involved with our current tech suit mess. It sure explains a lot, and it would be a heck of a thorough fabrication, if it is one.
Take it for what it is: an anonymous comment.
I am an Australian Coach with swimmers at both junior and senior nationals level. I personally really don’t care which suits my athletes wear provided they are happy. Those of us without our head in the sand have watched this Blueseventy sage unfold from months and months ago. I have been reading and watching the blogs mentioned below . The scaq article a week or so back on “fiddling” really pricked my conscious and finally I cannot keep quiet - You just don’t know the half of it.
This whole plot was hatched last year. By December 2008 Blueseventy was developing real acceptance and at the Qld Sate champs maybe 2/3 of the finalists were in these suits. The suit was seen as fast as the LZR but the popularity at age level was because the suit cost less, lasted longer, was reliable and easily available ! My parents loved it. National Head Coach Allan Thompson unusually was on deck for this week. He was quite open in going around telling coaches and swimmers that the blueseventy suit was to be banned. By the end of the week the SAL board had been assembled at the venue and within a day of the meets finish he was quite correct . They passed a ruling banning the use of zips in all suits for all age groups 18 &U;. This effectively took Blueseventy brand and its only suits right out of the volume aussie age group market in one foul swoop.
The reasons they gave were without any real foundation and incredibly transparent. Few bought into it , we all knew what had gone down. However the Blueseventy suit still continued to gain momentum with senior national level swimmers especially because of support. However during this time Mr Thompson was contacting us and talking about trapping of air in suits. The comment amongst coaches was he is “rallying support” but we didn’t quite understand for what.
So came the Dubai Charter and then came our Champs and World Trials in March. On the second day of the trials swimmers in blueseventy won three events in a row in National and two Commonwealth records. Huge media exposure - it was the talking point on the deck. The next day Speedo and Thompson swung into action. At scheduled and impromptu coaches meetings he made it quite clear that the blueseventy suit was to be banned for Rome and coaches and athletes needed to wary. We just watched as coaches and swimmers abandoned the suits and medallists that didn’t were told to roll their suits down before fronting the media. That week he was really focused and he kept plugging away at the suit and air trapping .
In retrospect he already knew what the Fina outcome was to be back then ? This must have been orchestrated months and months ago when they had to get the right presence on the Fina boards and to think we supported and voted him in there! They knew the suit would pass the tests so they created a test of opinion it couldn’t pass.
Do i think Fina were complicit, actually no, I think they were totally hoodwinked. See we have never seen a brand really challenge Speedo like this in its own domain of competitive swimming in 20 years , so some of us coaches think this was all set up from last year, to leave Speedo as last man standing. Actually we know it ! Over the years Speedo have had no real fear from TYR and Arena but in just 12 months Blueseventy changed that. They had to pull the Fina approval system down and the have it reassembled to suit them?
A few simple questions on the above will reveal and verify its integrity and accuracy. Even media reports show Thompsons outspoken support of Speedo and the LZR before and after nomination to the Fina suits committee and there’s more, much more ! Like asking only blueseventy representative athletes, to express in writing what sensation the suit gave them, such replies no doubt being edited and selectively tabled at the Fina meeting. And so on ...............
I wish i could reveal my name but to do so i will be vilified. Speedo and Thompson take no prisoners and it will have a direct affect on my family, club and swimmers not excluding the SAL controlled and nominated subsidies and grants we need to receive.
Relieved Aussie Coach
Posted by The Screaming Viking! at 7:13 AM