Articles by Reid Carlson

LISTEN: Audio of Al-Musallam Demanding Commission of FINA Sponsorship

Today, the rumored audio from the meeting in which Al-Musallam demanded the 10% commission surfaced. Listen to it here.

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2017 USA Swimming Governance Assessment & Recommendations Overview

The USA Swimming Board of Directors is seeking to establish “a broader strategic focus and forward-looking mindset” by downsizing the Board and redirecting Board structure and mindset to meet USA Swimming’s goals.

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FINA Rejects Kuwait Swimming Association’s Complaints, Discredits KSA

After nearly two weeks of waiting, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu has issued an official response to the frustrated and vocal Kuwait Swimming Association (KSA).

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Howdy, FINA, Kuwait Swimming Here… What’s the Word on Al-Musallam?

Today, the Kuwait Swimming Association published a response to the Asian Swimming Association’s defensive sponsorship of Al-Musallam, and asked why FINA had not replied to a previous list of complaints.

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IOC Votes to Award 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games Together

Today the IOC officially announced it will award both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games simultaneously during the summit in Lima, Peru, on September 13th.

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AASF Fires Back: Barelli Has “No Comprehension” of FINA Constitution

“Do we wish to elect an insecure person and one who has no comprehension of the FINA Constitution to lead us in FINA?” -Virendra Nanavati

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Barelli to CANA: “who is promising indiscriminate cash for votes?”

“I see that in an awkward attempt to play catch up with the proposals I included in my Manifesto the letter sent few days ago by CANA leaders promises indiscriminately $ 15,000 to each Federation. I am truly pleased to see this sudden change of direction but then I wonder: who is it that is promising indiscriminate cash for votes?” -Paolo Barelli

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IOC Refuses to Assist Rio With Additional $35-40 Million Olympic Debt

Last summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil were expensive. Like, 13.1-billion-dollars-expensive. The IOC, however, claims to have contributed $1.53 billion to the Rio Games already, and has “closed all its obligations with the organizing committee.”

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Barelli Accuses AASF of Political Interference & Shadowy Figures

“My point of view on this matter is very clear: the lack of good governance within FINA is indeed the reason that led me to put forward my candidacy to the Presidency of FINA.” -Paolo Barelli

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Asia, Africa Sign Up in Support of Julio Maglione in FINA Fight

The Asian Swimming Federation (AASF) and the African Swimming Federation (CANA) published letters in favor of Julio Maglione for a third term as President of FINA.

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Not Even Kuwait Wants Al-Musallam on the FINA Bureau–And FINA Knows

The Kuwait Swim Association has requested that Kuwait’s delegate, FINA First Vice President Husain Al-Musallam, be removed from the FINA Bureau.

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Paolo Barelli’s 2nd ‘Newsletter’: Athletes, Coaches, & FINA Governance

Paolo Barelli addresses how he would improve FINA’s athlete and coach participation in the governance of aquatic sports if he is elected President of FINA at the Congress on July 22nd.

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Katinka Hosszu Launches Pro Swimmers Union

Today, Hosszu revealed a list of professional swimmers from around the globe that have joined the newly-minted Global Association of Professional Swimmers (GAPS).

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Paolo Barelli Issues ‘Newsletter’ to FINA NGB Presidents

In a ‘newsletter’ released today, Paolo Barelli reiterates some of the strategies he believes would improve FINA and the swimming community worldwide.

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Paolo Barelli’s Response to CAS Ruling on FINA Ethics

Paolo Barelli lost his case against several high-ranking FINA officials yesterday, but he says he’s considering appealing the decisions to the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

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