Adam Peaty Signs Contract for Energy for Swim after FINA Ruling

Rules interpretation changes and second-hand warnings of sanctions hasn’t deterred some athletes from throwing their full support toward the 2018 Energy for Swim meet in December in Turino, Italy.

On Saturday morning, in defiance of FINA’s rulings this week that Energy for Swim was an international meet and that the Italian federation couldn’t sanction an international meet, Peaty posted on Instagram that he would be attending the meet and organizers confirmed to SwimSwam that he has signed a competition contract even after the rulings of FINA this week.

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Happy to announce I’ll be competing at the @energystandard meet in Turin, Italy next month! If you want to see the Worlds Best in action make sure you watch!

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Peaty’s presence, while not overtly an affront to the FINA ruling, does send a message: be it intentional or otherwise. For starters, it says that Energy for Swim organizers are pushing forward with engaging athletes for the meet, in spite of the reaction to what organizers believe is an attempt by FINA to block the meet.

Peaty, the biggest swimming star in the UK and one of the biggest in the world, is the two-time defending World Champion in both the 50 and 100 breaststrokes in long course and the defending Olympic Champion in the 100 breaststroke. With 22 major international gold medals at Commonwealth, European, World, and Olympic championship events, the 23-year old is the current World Record holder in the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke in long course and as part of Britain’s mixed 400 medley relay.

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This. Is. AWESOME! Now we just need Sarah and Chad to sign and watch as FINA’s hand gets forced.


Good lad.


There is something so familiar about this. Athletes tell a governing body it needs to reform our sport and the organisations own structure. Governing body ignores athletes. Athletes grow tired and alternatives begin to be established. Governing body reacts by continuing to stave off reform and instead tries to crush ‘dissent’ by creating legal loopholes. We need our sports biggest names to continue challenging FINA as publicly and robustly as is necessary.


It’s not that simple. The professional swimming career is too short. The major part of it happens during teenage period when the politics is the last thing they have in mind. After retirement many of them are looking for opportunities within national or international swimming associations. So within this untiFINA movement you won’t find young swimmers who are dreaming about big traditional achievements and are mostly occupied with Olympic and Worlds medals. You also hardly find swimmers at pre-retirement age. The only professional group who is involved in this business for long period of time and who don’t have or don’t plan to have other means to support living are coaches. But this influential group of professionals is the most… Read more »


You are correct.

No organization was going to challenge FINA barring a major screw up by them…

A major screw up called threatening to ban a major swim meet (which btw is for charity) and the high profile swimmers competing at it because of a “rule clarification”…


Yozhik are you the FINA employee who dislikes the comments? ISL will be a huge success for both swimmers and coaches.

He said what?

I have had the same thought. Something wasn’t feeling right about his postings.

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