FINA Bestows “FINA Order” Honor Upon Russian President Vladimir Putin

FINA has subtly answered any questions about a potential change-of-venue for the 2015 World Championships in protest of Russia’s political action in Ukraine on Friday by awarding president Vladimir Putin the FINA Order recognition.

This honorary award is the highest recognition of this type that FINA gives, and “is granted to Heads of States or individuals of high dignity, who have achieved remarkable merit in the world of Aquatics.”

Specifically, FINA says that they are recognizing his “important support in the organisation of major FINA events in Russian soil, thus bringing additional development to the FINA disciplines and providing increased value to Aquatics within the Russian society and worldwide,” according to a press release.

“Russia is undoubtedly one of the most important and major powers in world sport. These achievements are only possible thanks to the active support from the Russian authorities to Aquatics. The personal involvement of President Putin in this area greatly contributes to strengthen the fraternity between nations, improve the lifestyle and education of the youth in Russia and promote a healthier society, in a spirit of peace and friendship”, considered the FINA President during the ceremony.”

Among the swimming-centric criticisms of Russia of late has been a high number of positive doping tests as well, including notably the stripping of 2 World Records after Yulia Efimova tested positive late last year.

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bobo gigi
7 years ago

😆 😆 😆 😆

7 years ago

I, too, am laughing my a.. off 😀

Philip Johnson
7 years ago

FINA is a joke and this proves it. Will they also reward the federation for their numerous positive doping tests?

7 years ago


7 years ago

The question to be answered is did the money paid for this honor go into FINA’s bank account or directly to the FINA executive’s bank account.

7 years ago

I want to laugh but really it’s not funny

Reply to  easyspeed
7 years ago

I am with you.

Time to start revolution and kick out the majority FINA leaderships who are corrupt, inept, and clueless.

7 years ago

Is FINA related to FIFA? They seem to follow the same playbook.

Reply to  Hank
7 years ago

Is any federation different? FIVB changed the rules of the last World Champs in the middle to favour Poland, FIG robbed JPN gold medal and gave it to china on Men Team Competition on this year Worlds. I could go on and on about how corrupt these federations are..

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