Swim Ontario bans club ignoring ban on coach Cecil Russell


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Cecil Russell was banned for life — twice — from coaching swimmers because of his involvement in illegal steroid and ecstasy rings. During a 1997 murder trial he admitted to helping burn the body of a dead drug associate.

But none of it stopped him from coaching his own talented children — two competed at the 2012 London Olympics — or other swimmers. And now, involvement with him has spelled the end of the Dolphins Swim Club of Oakville.

Swim Ontario announced Friday that it had terminated the club’s membership for allowing Russell to continue being involved despite repeated warnings and sanctions. Dolphins members will have to join new clubs to compete at sanctioned events.

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