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“Todo el mundo vio que Francia no quería ganar el partido”

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El seleccionador holandés durante el Preolímpico de Trieste / PRO SHOTS

El seleccionador holandés durante el Preolímpico de Trieste / PRO SHOTS

Tras el paso de los días, el ya conocido como ‘Caso Francia’ está copando muchos titulares en los medios de comunicación de diferentes puntos del panorama internacional, pero sobretodo en Francia, Canadá y Holanda, los tres países involucrados en esta peculiar controversia olímpica, puesto que una plaza para Río 2016 parece estar todavía en juego, aunque en esta ocasión el escenario no es la piscina, sino los despachos. En el día de ayer, la FINA confirmó que en el mes de mayo hará oficial una decisión definitiva. Por el momento, el alto organismo internacional continúa investigando el partido entre Francia y Canadá. Mientras tanto, desde territorio galo se ha querido quitar hierro al asunto, tal y como demuestran las declaraciones realizadas ayer a WATERPOLISTA.com por el jugador francés, Mathieu Peisson, el cual llegó a asegurar que “esta acusación no tiene ningún sentido”. Sin embargo, el seleccionador holandés Robin van Galen es sumamente tajante a la hora de opinar sobre este tema: ” Para todo el mundo estaba claro que Francia no quería ganar este partido”, confesó durante una conversación telefónica mantenida con esta web.

“ESPERABA UN CASTIGO TRAS EL PARTIDO”

“Nadaban muy lentos y chutaban no para anotar sino para fallar. Nos preferían a nosotros en lugar de España en Cuartos. Pero si haces eso es una cuestión de amañar el partido. Ellos sabían que iban a perder este partido y quizás amigos y familiares apostaron mucho dinero en Internet en estos partidos. 100% amaño de partidos. Esto no entra en el espíritu del juego del deporte”, añadió el técnico de Holanda, quien según el ranking final del Preolímpcio de Trieste, sería la selección que se beneficiaría de una posible eliminación. En este sentido, continuó pronunciándose Robin, el cual aseguró que “FINA está investigando este asunto porque por supuesto nadie quiere hacer algo en este tipo de situaciones. Creo que FINA y sus representantes en Triste estaban algo sorprendidos. Yo esperaba, incluso, un castigo a los franceses después del partido contra Canadá. No queremos ser mal perdedores porque tendríamos que haber ganado a Francia por méritos propios pero lo que Francia hizo es muy malo para nuestro bonito deporte. Pienso que es posible que reciban una suspensión”.

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  1. David Hart

    To members of FINA, the IOC and the world-wide media
    From: David Hart, 4-time Canadian Olympian in the sport of water polo (1972, 1976, 1984 and 2000)
    Date: April 10, 2016
    Please accept this personal letter expressing my anger as well as a clear call for action by FINA and/or the IOC, as a result of what transpired at the Olympic Men’s Water Polo Qualification in Trieste, Italy April 3-11, 2016

    That the Men’s water polo team from France deliberately ‘lost’ the game against Canada (losing 5-13) to secure a perceived, “more favourable opponent” in the critical cross-over Olympic Qualification match was seen and understood by any knowledgeable person who saw this game at the event or on the live-streaming on the internet.

    That no sanction from FINA was forthcoming is quite simply shocking and unacceptable.

    There is clearly a precedent for this type of behaviour and it was set at the 2012 Olympics when eight (8) badminton players were disqualified for this type of unethical and unsportsmanlike conduct – ‘not using best efforts’ and, ‘conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport’. – In an attempt to manipulate the outcome of the knock-out round.

    Canada’s Men’s water polo team took the high road and competed against France in the true spirit of the Olympic ideals.

    I have nothing but admiration for Giuseppe Porzio, Neil Muir, and the staff and athletes of the Canadian Men’s water polo team who competed with integrity during this match knowing full-well what their opponents were doing.

    Imagine what a disgraceful, and scandalous scenario would have unfolded if both Canada and France had tried to out-do each other in an attempt to lose that game? Can you imagine the negative world-wide media reports that would have followed that?

    But, because only one country, France, took this shameful action, they not only got away with no sanction, but were rewarded with a successful qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

    What values are being broadcast loud and clear by FINA and the IOC as a result of this scandalous behaviour?

    What conclusion should the thousands and thousands of young athletes world-wide who watched that game come to? ——- Cheating is acceptable ——- do what you have to do to win – honesty and integrity is for suckers.

    I strongly, strongly believe that France must be disqualified from Olympic water polo participation as was the case for the badminton athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games and replaced with a more worthy candidate from that Qualification event.

    A failure to take this decisive action would be a clear indication that neither FINA nor the IOC has the political will or the kind of ethical leadership needed to keep the Olympic movement and its ideals alive and thriving.

    At 64 years of age my days of elite competition are long over; today I coach young children 6-16 years of age in a fun, community-based program. I often speak of my own Olympic experiences with them; how do I explain this situation to these children and their families? I am sure I am not alone in this regard, and there are thousands of other coaches around the world working with young kids, who are also very, very saddened and unhappy about what took place in Trieste. I’m sure anyone who loves sport will feel the same way.

    I urge you to take the appropriate next steps, as difficult as they may be and to reassure the world-wide water polo community and the larger sporting community that the Olympic ideals are still alive and worth defending.

    Sincerely,
    David Hart

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