Chase Kalisz, Emily Seebohm Join 37 Athletes Signed to Energy for Swim

The list of athletes with signed contracts to compete at the Energy for Swim 2018 event in Italy has grown to 37, even as FINA has informed federations that the meet is not authorized.

A rule interpretation by FINA has classified the event as an international competition that needs FINA approval, something the event doesn’t have and doesn’t have time to obtain. FINA rules say that athletes could face bans between one and two years for competing in an unauthorized competition.

Meet organizers say contracted athletes will still be paid 50% of their promised appearance money if the meet is cancelled.

In the meantime, the meet has added a number of high-profile stars to its contracted roster. You can see the list below, which now includes world record-holder Adam Peaty, who signed his contract after the FINA intepretation became public.

View the full list below of confirmed athletes so far:


Athlete Nation
Adam Peaty GBR
Alexandr Krasnykh RUS
Anastasia Fesikova RUS
Andrew Minakov RUS
Bethany Galat USA
Cameron van der Burgh RSA
Chad Le Clos RSA
Chase Kalisz USA
Danas Rapsys LTU
David Verraszto HUN
Duncan Scott GBR
Emily Seebohm AUS
Femke Heermskerk NED
Georgia Davies GBR
Gunnar Bentz USA
Katie Meili USA
Katinka Hosszu HUN
Kendyl Stewart USA
Kliment Kolesnikov RUS
Kristian Gkolomeev GRE
Laszlo Cseh HUN
Lisa Bratton USA
Maria Ugolkova RUS
Mark Szaranek GBR
Max Litchfield GBR
Mehdy Metella FRA
Michael Andrew USA
Michelle Coleman SWE
Mikhail Romanchuk UKR
Pieter Timmers BEL
Ranomi Kromowidjojo NED
Sarah Sjostrom SWE
Sergey Fesikov RUS
Sergii Shevtsov UKR
Siobhan O’Connor GBR
Tom Shields USA
Veronika Andrusenko RUS

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Bear drinks beer
2 years ago

No Italian swimmers signed?

Reply to  Bear drinks beer
2 years ago

No Asian swimmers. Only 1 from Australia.
Of 37 who signed contract 26 are Europeans.No Germans.
8 (?!) swimmers from USA
7 – RUS
6 – GBR
3 – HUN
2 – (NED, SWE, UKR, RSA)
1 – (GRE, FRA, LTU, BEL & AUS)

Bear drinks beer
Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

Maybe they just didn’t invite Asian swimmers.
The special thing about Italy is that the meet is held by Italian swimming federation. Are they going to protect their own swimmers and let others to stand out taking the consequences?😃

Reply to  Bear drinks beer
2 years ago

While nobody official with the ISL has confirmed this, what we’ve been hearing out of contacts in Asia is that Asian swimmer were invited, but that their federations have a much tighter control on their athletes, and that’s why we haven’t seen any commit yet. We may if FINA winds up clearing the meet.

Bear drinks beer
Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

Also interesting to see Russian swimmers take more actions than some teams who bashed them all the time.

Reply to  Bear drinks beer
2 years ago

Federica Pellegrini is slated to race the 200 free

2 years ago

If they all went, this would be quite the collective middle finger… Looking forward to this show down vs FINA!

2 years ago

It would be cool if Micheal Phelps came out of retirement and signed on to this meet

Reply to  COOL
2 years ago

Or if he just did it for fun

pass gas in the fast lane
Reply to  COOL
2 years ago

the only way Michael phelps is coming out of retirement is to lead the looney toons to compete against the monstars and restore the talent of these athletes committed to participate in this event

seriously this whole story sounds like the plot of space jam

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