Check out our new site at

Richard Pound

From Openwaterpedia
(Redirected from Dick Pound)

Richard William Duncan Pound, OC OQ (born 22 March 1942) is a Canadian lawyer, partner of the law firm Stikeman Elliott, the former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) based in Montreal, and former chancellor of McGill University. He is a former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and was a one-time candidate for the presidency of that organization. He served as the former chairman of the USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Safety Task Force.

USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Safety Task Force[edit]

USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Safety Task Force was a five-person investigative Open Water Review Commission to review the findings of the independent investigation into the tragic death of Fran Crippen on 23 October 2010 at a FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and to submit safety protocol recommendations.


The Task Force had three functions: (1) to review the findings of the independent USA Swimming investigation, (2) to solicit and consider other pertinent information from appropriate individuals and organizations, and (3) develop recommendations for the improvement of safety protocols, procedures and precautions arising from the death of Crippen. These recommendations were presented to USA Swimming and FINA in March 2011.


Erica Rose - Athlete Representative
Sid Cassidy - Coach and Technical Expert
Richard Pound - Chairman
Harold Cliff - Events Expert
Dr. Scott Rodeo - Medical Consultant


The recommendations were ultimately accepted by the FINA Bureau on 27 July 2012 as concrete means to improve safety in its open water swimming competitions.

Most Influential[edit]

Pound was named one of the 30 Most Influential People in Swimming over the Past 30 Years by USA Swimming and Speedo USA.

External links[edit]