2018 Energy for Swim Meet Cancelled after Negotiations Break Down

The 2018 Energy for Swim meet scheduled for December in Turin, Italy has been cancelled. The news first came on Thursday morning via Adam Peaty‘s Instagram account, where he said he was “incredibly disappointed.”

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“I’m incredibly disappointed next month’s swim meet in Turin has been cancelled because of politics,” Peaty said. “As swimmers who represent our country and are passionate about our sport, we need to ask why. I firmly believe that the athletes should be at the heart of any decision made by our governing body and this is just what our sport and the athletes need. I think this is the wrong decision and it will galvanize the swimmers, not break them.”




By the terms of the agreements, athletes who have signed contracts, including most recently American Olympian Josh Prenot, who signed on Wednesday, they will still receive 50% of their appearance money. When announced earlier this year, the meet was scheduled to offer $2.1 million in prize and appearance money.

We have reached out to several athletes involved for further comment or to see if they will now attempt to scramble and race at the Short Course World Championships as a result of the cancellation.

We have also reached out to meet organizers to see if they have any plans to proceed with an anti-trust lawsuit as a result of the cancellation, as Italian attorney and law professor Stefano Bastianon says they would have a strong case, based on the International Skating Union ruling by the European Commission in a similar case. We have not yet heard back from organizers, but will respond when we do.

Organizers told SwimSwam this week that the Italian Federation, which was attempting to host the meet, was negotiating feverishly with FINA, but the cancellation indicates that those negotiations broke down.


Athlete Nation
1 Adam Peaty GBR
2 Alessandro Miressi ITA
3 Alexandr Krasnykh RUS
4 Anastasia Fesikova RUS
5 Andrew Minakov RUS
6 Arianna Castiglione ITA
7 Bethany Galat USA
8 Cameron van der Burgh RSA
9 Chad Le Clos RSA
10 Chase Kalisz USA
11 Danas Rapsys LTU
12 David Verraszto HUN
13 Duncan Scott GBR
14 Emily Seebohm AUS
15 Federica Pellegrini ITA
16 Femke Heermskerk NED
17 Gabriele Detti ITA
18 Georgia Davies GBR
19 Gregorio Paltrinieri ITA
20 Gunnar Bentz USA
21 Jacob Pebley USA
22 James Guy GBR
23 Josh Prenot USA
24 Katie Meili USA
25 Katinka Hosszu HUN
26 Kendyl Stewart USA
27 Kliment Kolesnikov RUS
28 Kristian Gkolomeev GRE
29 Laszlo Cseh HUN
30 Lia Neal USA
31 Lisa Bratton USA
32 Luca Dotto ITA
33 Margherita Panziera ITA
34 Maria Ugolkova RUS
35 Mark Szaranek GBR
36 Max Litchfield GBR
37 Mehdy Metella FRA
38 Michael Andrew USA
39 Michelle Coleman SWE
40 Mikhail Romanchuk UKR
41 Pieter Timmers BEL
42 Ranomi Kromowidjojo NED
43 Ryan Murphy USA
44 Sarah Sjostrom SWE
45 Sergey Fesikov RUS
46 Sergii Shevtsov UKR
47 Simona Quadarella ITA
48 Simone Manuel USA
49 Siobhan O’Connor GBR
50 Tom Shields USA
51 Veronika Andrusenko RUS

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2 years ago

FINA has no idea what they just did to themselves.

Reply to  WCNJCTNY
2 years ago

Julio Maglione on here down-voting? LOL.

Years of Plain Suck
2 years ago


2 years ago

All those posts hyping it up and then it’s just gone lol

2 years ago

This is so disappointing. I really hope the athletes still stand up to FINA for this. There’s so much momentum it would be a real shame to lose it all.

Andrei Vorontsov
2 years ago

If you want to conduct a licenced meet in UK, England, Wales, USA, Italy, …..you should apply to governing body . you need to negotiate … If you want confrontation – you will get it. People from Energy knew the rules but decided to ignore them. They got a predictable outcome

Reply to  Andrei Vorontsov
2 years ago

Nobody needs to negotiate to compete in sport.
The sport belongs to nobody.
Anyone can compete.
This is the beginning of the end.

Reply to  Andrei Vorontsov
2 years ago


2 years ago

Speaking strictly as a fan of swimming, not somebody interested in global athletics politics, I am disappointed, because I was looking forward to this much-hyped competition. When will organizations like US Swimming (let’s face it, coverage of National-level meets in the US is poor relative to that in other countries), NBC (I’m STILL waiting to see some Rio swimming races in their entirity!), and FINA start to care what actual swimming FANS (ie: the people who purchase swimming products and might pay to see swimming event coverage) think?

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