Suzu Chiba: e-mail Japanese Swim Federation

Suzu Chiba: e-mail Japanese Swim Federation

Post by RunnSw » Tue, 08 Aug 2000 04:00:00

Below's the e-mail address for the Japanese Amateur Swim Federation, the
Japanese national governing body for swimming, responsible for Olympic team
selection - included in a short message from one of Suzu's friends:

Dear Larry,

We were disappointed, but this matter was was at least brought to the attention
of the world. I hope this type of things will not happen again.

Suzu is doing fine, and looking forward to going back to the "ordinary" young
lady's life again.

Here is the e-mail address for the
Japan Amateur Swimming Association (JASF)

[Background below:]

Subject: Re: Chiba robbed!

Date: 8/6/00 11:25 AM PST

Anyone got an email adress of the Japanese Olympic Committee?
Or someone else who decided on the team members for


> >>Just a clueless question -- could she swim on the Olympic team of
> country?<<

> How incredibly sad that the swimmer with the second fastest time in the
> during the last 12 months can't compete. This is worse than the 3rd best
> Australian not being able to compete in the men's 1500 (which is also

> Suzu Chiba is one of the most truly likeable, polite, friendly, good
> athletes that I have ever known (she trained with Bud McAllister on my
> club team here in Huntington Beach for almost 3 years...I've related how
> spent  nearly an hour literally in the water (wearing a wetsuit in the
> working with the 8 and unders on our team before most of her afternoon
> workouts).  She is just an amazingly positive (I'd say "sweet," but for
> lack of political correctness) person.

> She was sick as a dog during the Japanese trials, but still won her event
> under the FINA time standard.  Japan is choosing to be represented by the
> second place finisher, whom I think didn't make the A standard, rather
than by
> an outstanding human being with the world's second fastest time.

> The only positive thing I can say is that it certainly makes USA Swimming
> like the bastion of fairness, by comparison.

> Blaming Chiba for the failure of Japan's 1996 Olympic Team?  In 1996, she
> trained with McAllister until days before the Japanese trials, and won 50,
> 200, and 400 at the Japanese Olympic Trials - the 200 in what would have
been a
> bronze medal time.  Then she returned to train with the Japanese team
> April and July and, with the rest of the Japanese team (which also swam
well at
> its trials), was put on what amounted to an 8 week taper.  They all bombed
> the Olympics. Their coach publicly apologized in the news media and
> responsibility, as well he should have.  So this year Chiba announces that
> she's going back to train with Bud after the Japanese trials.  And so they
> leave her off the team and actually have the gall to BLAME HER for the
> of the Japanese team in 1996.

> Go figure.

> - Larry Weisenthal

By Elaine Lies

TOKYO, Aug 3 Reuters - Japanese record holder Suzu Chiba lost her appeal
today against a decision to omit her from the national team for the Sydney
Olympics even though she had met the qualifying standard.

Chiba had appealed to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),
which met in Tokyo, suggesting that the decision to omit her had been based
on personal opinions rather than her swimming skills.

"They ruled that the JASF (Japan Amateur Swimming Federation) did not treat
the Japanese swimmers unequally. However, we found that the JASF did not
communicate the selection criteria clearly," a court spokesman told a news

"This decision is final," he added.

Arbitration could have been avoided if the Japanese federation had
communicated clearly, he said. The arbitrator ordered the JASF to pay Chiba
10,000 Swiss francs ($A10,158) to help with her costs.

Chiba told a news conference she accepted the ruling, even though it meant
she would miss the Olympics.

"I believe they made a fair judgment," she said.

Chiba, a freestyle swimmer who at her fastest has ranked as high as second
and third in the world, met the qualifying standards at Japanese Olympic
trials in April despite racing with a high fever.

Often at odds with national officials in the past, she reportedly angered
them by brushing off concerns about failing to reach her personal best time
at the trials, saying that what really mattered was how she did at the

Seen widely as a potential medallist, Chiba clocked the third-best time in
the world last year in the 100 metres. Her fastest time in the 200 metres
has been beaten only by Australian Susie O'Neill, an Olympic gold medallist.

Chiba was team captain at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and was blamed by the
swimming federation for the squad's poor showing. Officials were also
unhappy at her decision to train in Canada.

The president of the JASF, Hironoshin Furuhashi, said he was confident the
selection process was correct but the federation would look into making
changes, including making selection criteria more public.

Chiba was not the only top swimmer omitted from the team. Yoshiaki Okita,
who finished second in the men's 200 metres ***stroke and is ranked among
the world's top 12, was also left out.


Suzu Chiba: e-mail Japanese Swim Federation

Post by Martin de Wild » Thu, 10 Aug 2000 04:00:00

I agree, but do you swim in competitions Bob ?
If someone makes the standards during the period they supposed to do it and
are in the top 2 of their country, they should go to the Olympics.
So if someone is screwed like that, we don't like it.


PS if someone is screwed worse, what do YOU do ?


> No offense to anyone in this group intended:

> What makes this ANY of this your business? People around the world every
> day are screwed in FAR worse ways, and no one gives a crap.

> I'm sorry she was (maybe) treated unfairly, but that's the way it goes.
> There are worse things...

> -bob


Suzu Chiba: e-mail Japanese Swim Federation

Post by RunnSw » Thu, 10 Aug 2000 04:00:00

Look, there are indeed more important tragedies in the world.  But this
newsgroup is not alt.somalia or alt.hunger or

As tragedies and travesties go in competitive swimming, this one is certainly
noteworthy.  Not just # 1 in the country, but one of the top 3 in the world;
someone who exiled herself (no offense Waterloo, Ontario) for 2 years to work
hard to redeem herself for the '96 disappointment which was the fault of the
Japanese coach, and then she's deathly sick but still wins her country's trials
in a FINA A time, but her country will be instead represented by #2, solely for
political reasons.

Chiba thought that all she had to do was to win in under a FINA A.  She did
that and she would have been a great prospect for a medal.  But her country
didn't make the rules clear to anyone (which is why they were rebuked and told
to pay her legal fees).  

Anyway, if you don't think this is a big deal; don't write an e-mail to the
Japanese federation.  Others may wish to do so; to lessen the possibility of
this happening again.

- Larry