It was announced at the LEN Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland that Paulo Frischknecht will become the new Executive Director of the organization. Frischknecht represented Portugal at both the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, recently served as the President of the Portuguese Swimming Federation, was elected to the FINA Bureau in 2009 and the LEN Bureau in 2012, a position he would resign from once taking the role of Executive Director.
Frischknecht was surprised when he was offered the position by LEN President Paolo Barelli, but once taking the time to consider the opportunity he felt he was up for the challenge of to the leading the organization, ““I was surprised when the President approached me in Barcelona. We had a couple of interviews, then I asked for a little time as I wanted to make sure that I would be up to the task,” said Frischknecht.
“Europe is facing hardship right now both in economic and political terms,” he said. “However, we have responsibility towards our predecessors who has made LEN one of the strongest federations. And we have to further improve our positions.”
At the congress the organization also celebrated the continent’s recent success at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona where European athletes collected 91 total medals.
It was also announced that the 2017 Junior European Swimming Championships would be held in Netanya, Israel and that the 2014 European Short Course Championships, also being held in Netanya, would be moved from December 2014 to January 2015 to avoid conflicts within the competition calendar.