The ASCA reaffirmed its support of the ISL’s efforts in light of the Energy for Swim meet cancellation.
On the state of swimming worldwide, Olympic champion Adam Peaty stated this week, “We need to have professional teams, salaries, pensions and by doing that and offering money, more kids will come into it thinking ‘I can make a career out of this’ which will only make the sport grow.”
A FINA memo yesterday noted that the federation is “engaged in discussions” with the Energy Standard Group and the International Swimming League, but that FINA will “resist any challenges to its status” as the international governing body for swimming.
“It’s a sad day for sport because we are taking away a great event and losing an opportunity to grow the sport,” World Record holder and 3-time Olympian Cate Campbell of Australia said this week concerning the now-cancelled Energy for Swim meet.
Experts from a Belgian law firm tell SwimSwam that the cancellation of the Energy for Swim 2018 meet doesn’t rule out a potential lawsuit against FINA’s rules regarding unauthorized meets and organizing bodies.
33% of voters thought that the majority of signed athletes would have attended Energy for Swim 2018 if the meet hadn’t been canceled, even if two-year bans were still a potential sanction.
FINA has finally made public comment on the cancelled Energy for Swim 2018 event, blaming ‘short notice’ for the event’s demise.
Konstantin Grigorishin, the head of both the Energy Standard Group and the International Swimming League (ISL), sent a letter to athletes today, harshly criticizing FINA for what he called “self-serving tactics” and promising to use “all legal means available” after what he termed as a postponement of the Energy for Swim meet.
Documents obtained by SwimSwam show that it wasn’t until October 30 that FINA informed the Italian swimming federation (FIN) that its Energy for Swim 2018 meet had been classified as an international meet operating without FINA approval. The documents detail the negotiations between meet organizers and FINA, which ultimately broke down and led to the meet’s cancellation this morning.
British World Record holder Adam Peaty first broke the news on his social media accounts.
Though Bach didn’t mention the specific organizations by name, the issue connects to the ongoing struggle between FINA and the ISL in swimming.
An analysis by an Italian legal expert suggests FINA bans on athletes who participate in the Energy for Swim 2018 event won’t hold up in European courts, based on sport-related precedent.
Sources say the current conflict between FINA and the Energy for Swim 2018 meet is the next step in a conflict between FINA and the International Swimming League that has lasted more than a year, and that FINA is purposefully delaying an agreement between the two parties.
FINA’s refusal to approve the Energy for Swim 2018 meet could lead to bans of between one and two years to athletes who compete, sources say. And athletes are currently caught in the middle of the standoff, waiting for each other to make decisions on whether to compete in the unapproved meet.
World Champion Michael Andrew has been confirmed as a participant for Energy for Swim 2018. While competing at the World Cup stop…