Greek Federation Says FINA Reinstates Vourna After Gaffe

We reported earlier this week how former Alabama swimmer Kristel Vourna was originally delivered an invitation from FINA to compete for her native country Greece at the 2016 Olympic Games, only to have her roster spot retracted due to an administrative error. Now, it appears that the 24-year-old butterflier will indeed be able to compete in Rio after all.

Although still not appearing on the latest and greatest Olympic entrants list posted on FINA, Greek news source Ekathimerini is reporting that FINA Executive Director, Cornel Marculescu, contacted the Greek Swimming Federation and informed them of Vourna’s reinstatement.

Of what looks like his swimmer’s ability to participate in Rio once again, Greek Swimming Federation President Dimitris Diathesopoulos, who is also a member of the FINA Bureau, states, “This time, personally as the head of the Greek federation, I would like to thank both FINA and Cornel Marculescu for their extraordinary action in favor of Vourna.”

Vourna already competed for Greece at the 2012 Olympic Games, finishing 12th in the 100m butterfly.  She swam at the University of Alabama from 2011 to 2015, redshirting 2013-14 due to injury. She is the Greek national record holder in the women’s 50m and 100m butterfly events.

Leave a Reply

6 Comment threads
4 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
7 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Joel Lin

Glad to see this happen after the prior circumstances.

Attila the Hunt

I’m not glad at all, this is a farce and violation of FINA rules.

Just think about hundreds of swimmers from other countries with FINA B times who don’t get to swim in Rio because the quota has filled up who deserve to be there.


why does FINA have to invite swimmers?


Much more like it.. Glad she gets her chance in Rio she deserves.

Attila the Hunt

She doesn’t deserve it.
She knew it, FINA knew it, Greek Federation knew it.

About Loretta Race

Loretta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

Read More »

Don't want to miss anything?

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive our latest updates!