‘I think only if you can bring in underwater footage that’s when everybody will stop doing it because that’s when you’ll have peace of mind to say, ‘All right I don’t need to do it because everybody else is doing it and it’s a fair playing field.’”
Asked how many were doing an illegal amount of dolphin kicks, he said: ‘‘Everybody’s doing it … not everybody, but 99 per cent.’’
Van der Burgh said two years ago at a World Cup event in Sweden the underwater technology was used and ‘‘it was really awesome, because nobody attempted it [the dolphin kick]’’ and ‘‘everybody came up clean and we all had peace of mind that nobody was going to try’’.
‘‘I’m really for it. If they can bring it, it will better the sport. But I’m not willing to lose to someone that is doing it.’’ - van der Burgh Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/olympics/swimming-london-2012/sprenger-rival-admits-breaking-rules-to-win-20120803-23lei.html#ixzz22xbZaD90
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Thanks for posting this; it does clarify things. I think it’s highly shady behaviour but I can see how it would be heartbreaking to lose to someone who broke the rules. Doesn’t make it right, though - they should definitely use whatever technology they have on hand to make the races fair for everybody.
- krystin ‘I think only if you can bring ...
Thought a bit of context was required.