FINA President Appoints Hungarian to Executive Post

FINA President Julio Maglione has appointed Hungarian Tamas Gyarfas to the 8-man FINA Executive, the organization announced on Sunday. Under new FINA rules passed on Saturday at FINA’s General Congress, the FINA Executive is made up of the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Honorary Treasurer, three Vice-Presidents and one member to be nominated by the President to ensure continental representation.

The first 7 of those positions are voted on by the General Congress of FINA, where every country theoretically gets a vote.

The 8th position, however, is appointed. In this case, the man appointed is Gyarfas, the former president of the Hungarian Federation that is hosting this year’s World Championships.

Ironically, because of the peculiarities of who gets elected to posts, Gyarfas being European does, in fact, provide a level of continental diversity. The other 7 members of the Executive includes two Asians (Thailand, Kuwait)), one African (South African), one South American (Uruguay), one North American (USA), and one Oceanian (Fiji), and one European (Italy). Of those 7 elected members, only 3 come from countries who have ever had an Olympic medal in swimming. Fiji, Kuwait, and Thailand have never had an Olympic finalist in swimming, and Uruguay has had just two.

The entirety of the FINA Executive is below:


  • Dr Julio C. Maglione (URU), President
  • Husain Al Mussalam (KUW), First Vice-President
  • Sam Ramsamy (RSA), Second Vice-President
  • Pipat Paniangvait (THA), Honorary Treasurer
  • Paolo Barelli (ITA, Vice-President
  • Dennis Miller (FIJ), Vice-President
  • Dale Neuburger (USA), Vice-President
  • Tamas Gyarfas (HUN), Member (nominated by the President)


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He is not the President of the Hungarian Federation anymore

my MOM!

I’m using this at home. If FINA can have a 1st VP, a 2nd VP, and then three other random VP’s- why can’t I have at least one other wife?


It would be your wife’s business (1st VWife, 2nd VW etc.), not yours 🙂

Tom from Chicago

Dale Neuberger, a lobbyist and FINA contractor with TSE Corruption, LLLC, needs to resign. This inside dealing is bad.

One of the fundamental rules of the organization is that no FINA contracts go to firms employing FINA members.

Chia Pet

Is there anyone associated with FINA that has integrity? This is an honest question. I know some people “buy” appointments onto FINA committees. I only hear about corruption. I want to believe that there are people with good intentions, but I have not heard anything to support that.

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