FINA Shaken To Its Roots As CAS Asked To Settle Battle Of Swim Fed Vice-Presidents

Battle of the FINA Bureau (clockwise from top left): Dale Neuburger, Husain Al Musallam, Paolo Barelli and Erik Van Heijningen

The Court of Arbitration for Sport is set to adjudicate in a row at the heart of the FINA leadership – between three vice-presidents and a fourth member of the ruling Bureau no less – that exposes bitter political infighting. CAS is being asked to decide if FINA stuck to its rules when it refused to refer a dispute to the Ethics Panel of the international federation. At the heart of the matter are: conflicts of interests; the FINA leadership’s refusal to allow the federation’s Ethics Panel to consider the dispute; and alleged American and Kuwaiti interference in European elections against the constitution and rules of the international swimming federation.

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