Katie Meili Signs for Energy for Swim 2018 (Video)

Olympic and world champion Katie Meili has signed a contract to compete in the Energy for Swim 2018 meet.

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.

A number of high-profile athletes have publicly signed on to compete at the meet even after FINA’s warning, though it’s still unclear if the meet will proceed (or if all contracted athletes will compete) if the meet remains outside of FINA authorization.

You can see the full list below:


1 Adam Peaty GBR
2 Alessandro Miressi ITA
3 Alexandr Krasnykh RUS
4 Anastasia Fesikova RUS
5 Andrew Minakov RUS
6 Bethany Galat USA
7 Cameron van der Burgh RSA
8 Chad Le Clos RSA
9 Chase Kalisz USA
10 Danas Rapsys LTU
11 David Verraszto HUN
12 Duncan Scott GBR
13 Emily Seebohm AUS
14 Federica Pellegrini ITA
15 Femke Heermskerk NED
16 Gabriele Detti ITA
17 Georgia Davies GBR
18 Gregorio Paltrinieri ITA
19 Gunnar Bentz USA
20 Jacob Pebley USA
21 Katie Meili USA
22 Katinka Hosszu HUN
23 Kendyl Stewart USA
24 Kliment Kolesnikov RUS
25 Kristian Gkolomeev GRE
26 Laszlo Cseh HUN
27 Lia Neal USA
28 Lisa Bratton USA
29 Luca Dotto ITA
30 Margherita Panziera ITA
31 Maria Ugolkova RUS
32 Mark Szaranek GBR
33 Max Litchfield GBR
34 Mehdy Metella FRA
35 Michael Andrew USA
36 Michelle Coleman SWE
37 Mikhail Romanchuk UKR
38 Pieter Timmers BEL
39 Ranomi Kromowidjojo NED
40 Ryan Murphy USA
41 Sarah Sjostrom SWE
42 Sergey Fesikov RUS
43 Sergii Shevtsov UKR
44 Simona Quadarella ITA
45 Siobhan O’Connor GBR
46 Tom Shields USA
47 Veronika Andrusenko RUS

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PK Doesn't Like His Long Name

Smart, sign the lawyer!

Coach Mike 1952

And the numbers keep growing. FINA has its tail between its legs now doubling the prize money, they are running scared. Do they think it’s just about the money for one meet? Come on. As others have pointed out, an ill-advised FINA “ban” would definitely be challenged in court & as precedent shows they could lose. Welcome to the new – & welcome – reality of the 21st Century. It’s about time they were openly challenged like this. Power to the swimmers & a sustainable lifestyle rather than bureaucratic pilfering while the athletes are paid a pittance!


Too bad the midterm elections are gone. With such a rhetoric you will be indispensable at any rally.
Can anybody explain what strands behind FINA’s monopoly to conduct international meetings and why it is bad or good.
What does it mean to get approved by FINA? Do the organisers of the approved meet have to share the profit? And if it is so why is it harmful to the sport of swimming.
If this is the core of conflict then is this the source of money that will be paid to swimmers by Energy for Swim meet: instead of paying it to FINA pay it directly to the participants of the meet.


Can anyone explain Yozhik’s position at FINA?


That’s what I thought: nobody knows Energy Standard’s and FINA’s reasoning but everybody has a strong opinion.


Shades of Gina


Shades indeed. I wish I was that much educated and knowledgeable as GINA is.


Any Spanish swimmer has been invited? Mireia Belmonte? Jessica Vall?

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