Peaty to FINA: ‘Ban Me… They Know They Can’t’

British world and Olympic champion breaststroker Adam Peaty took a bold shot at the international swimming federation, telling BBC Sport that FINA knows it can’t ban its athletes without losing support.

“I don’t care, ban me if you’ve got to,” Peaty said in the BBC report, which you can read here. “I’m not bothered because at the end of the day they know they can’t.

“They can’t get away with it because you’ll lose all of the respect from the athletes and you can’t bully them.”

Peaty’s pointed comments came after the ISL Summit, a meeting between athletes and organizers of the International Swimming League (ISL), which wants to organize a series of swim meets, but has had conflicts with FINA in getting the meets approved.

Peaty also commented on FINA’s launching of the Champions Swim Series, considered by some to be a response to the ISL format. Peaty called the decision “embarrassing and offensive.”

“£4m in prize money is nothing in terms of what they’ll make off that league – they’ll make much more,” he said in the BBC report. “We need transparency and 50-50 split of the profits.

“I love my sport to the moon and back but the main reason people quit swimming all over the world is because there isn’t enough funding.

“I want to secure the future for the kids who are going to be winning Olympics in 20 years and hopefully making a living out of it.”

Australian coach Jacco Verhaeren also made waves this week, calling the new FINA series an “ad hoc” event and a “random” addition to the yearly meet schedule. “Most athletes and coaches have locked their plans in all the way to the Tokyo Olympics,” he said to The Australian.

The day after Peaty’s statements, FINA sent out a press release denying it had threatened bans for athletes, though SwimSwam was told that in an Oct. 30 email, FINA specifically referenced one of its general rules calling for bans of 1-to-2 years for FINA members who have relationships with a “non-affiliated body,” while making clear the ISL and the loosely-connected Energy for Swim 2018 event was not authorized.

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He is doing exactly what all the swim stars must do if they really want to change things. It is a scary thought that it might drag out their entire career…but i personally think if everyone at once followed Peaty’s lead FINA would cave after a week or two.


Honestly though he so dominant in his event it would be crazy to ban him…..literally nobody is close to his times

Old Man Chalmers

That’s what I was thinking from the start. Especially now that van de burgh is retired, if fina bans peaty sprint breaststroke has almost no appeal.

Ol' Longhorn

But they know it’s one event at an Olympics, he doesn’t show up at SCM Worlds, and people have a short memory. He has a LOT more to lose with sponsors and endorsements with no screen time at major events than FINA does.

Ol' Longhorn

We just move on to the next guy. When Janet Evans retired, did everyone just stop watching women’s distance freestyle? When Phelps retired, did everyone just stop watching fly and IM. No, we just started watching the next man/woman up. And there’s always a next man/woman up (i.e., Ledecky, Dressel, Kalisz).

Jambo Sana

I didn’t think I could like Peaty more. I like Peaty even more now. #hero

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Power to the People


Throwing shade


Shade is subtle…this is a middle finger

He said what?

Yours is one of the best replies I have read in a long time. Well said, Ervin.

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