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US Swimming To Recognize Coach Ban

July 10, 1998

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ A lifetime ban for swimming coach Cecil Russell that was imposed in Canada will be recognized in the United States, officials for United States Swimming said on Thursday.

``We informed Cecil Russell we had to recognize the lifetime ban that Swimming Canada had placed on him,″ U.S. Swimming spokesman Charles Snyder said.

``So we’re going to take the matter to a board of review with the intention of terminating his membership with U.S. Swimming,″ he said.

Russell, 45, has been coaching a club team in Florida since 1997. He was told of the decision on Tuesday by Chuck Wielgus, executive director of the swim federation.

Snyder said that under rules for membership in FINA, the international body that governs swimming competition, a sanction imposed by any member must be recognized by all.

Russell has announced plans to appeal the ban by the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sports at a hearing next month.

Russell, who removed himself from coaching duties at the Fort Lauderdale Swim Team this week, had been accused of supplying and selling anabolic steroids.

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