D-man wrote:... I think a quick ejection on the defender for impeding, before the kickoff would punish the player making the initial contact to the lead attacker on the fast break.
Great video, though. Thanks, Oldtimer.
That's a very good point, D-man, and it's actually going to be whistled that way in Rio. FINA has been discussing that Impeding for the purpose of stopping the advance of the counter-attack, of which this video is a very good example, will be whistled as an exclusion even if it doesn't occur at the point of the ball. Doing so should promote movement, and also enable smaller but more agile players to gain position by taking advantage of their speed. This is one of the few points we all seem to agree that is really needed for the good of the sport.
Edit: I said: "it's actually going to be whistled that way in Rio". I should have said: "it's probably going to be whistled that way in Rio". Rio is still three months away, and the FINA TWPC may very well change their minds half a dozen times between now and then.