Irrefutable Factual Evidence? How America’s Mr. FINA Misled USA Swimming

Editorial: Guest author John Leonard, director of coach organisations international and American, explains how the USA Swimming Board was sold a pup (in traditional Englsih that means to sell something of little worth, pretending that it is something else of greater value) when it based its support for FINA’s leadership, and all the woe that entails, on a presentation made by Dale Neuburger, FINA vice-president for North America and a director of TSE Consulting

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Editorial: Guest author John Leonard, director of coach organisations international and American, explains how the USA Swimming Board was sold a pup (in traditional Englsih that means to sell something of little worth, pretending that it is something else of greater value) when it based its support for FINA’s leadership, and all the woe that entails, on a presentation made by Dale Neuburger, FINA vice-president for North America and a director of TSE Consulting

Comments

Lawrie Cox

Great article but will it change anything? When you consider that USAS and Swimming Australia are the two historical nations at least in overall contribution and neither has the intestinal fortitude to stand up against the farce, how can it change from within?
I recall a similar pressure from coaches in 2009 and it was dropped now the support from the Federations means no further changes. As for the proposed amendments at the Kazan meeting. Putting the sport back at least 30 years.

aswimfan

John Leonard,

Thanks for the great article and insights into FINA numbers.
Those piece by piece facts and itemized numbers are very helpful in understanding why FINA needs reform

Craig Lord

aswimfan: just to be clear, the numbers are compiled by me – and I take responsibility for them. The words above are John’s – all of which I agree with.

roy

as for FINA, I,m surprised that they pay athletes and swimmers peanuts despite making 100 million dollars although 100 million dollars is a far cry from the 2 billion dollars that FIFA makes.

aswimfan

Craig,

Thank you! Thats Why you’re a good journalist, you know how to break down complex facts and numbers into something easy to understand by a simpleton like me. 🙂

roy

Craig, nice reporting.That,s why I love this site. I don,t think swimming has the same number of audience as tennis. I think tennis makes more money than swimming but with 100 million in revenues, FINA should be paying larger prize money, maybe not as much as tennis but more that they are paying now.

Craig Lord

Roy, quite so. Your other comment was off topic and deliberately provocative 🙂 (we all know very well who he meant and why) – so, comment no longer here. Leave it like that, please. I’m sure there will be other opportunities to speak to that theme when relevant… Thanks

Craig Lord

Thanks Roy. I agree, if that is what they have, they ought to be making far better use of it and have the power to make swimming a bigger profile sport without too much effort, it seems to me

Craig Lord

aswimfan, thanks… I’ve never had the impression you’re a simpleton…

roy

Craig I think swimming can be bigger than it is now. I know some fans only view world records as exciting but even without world records, swimming can be exciting if it is packaged well. phelps is the only real swimming millionaire and most of his earnings are from endorsements not prize money from actual swimming. Hozzsu makes money (prize money) from swimming but the money she makes is peanuts compared to other sports.

Roel

I do not understand how the leadership of the fine have not used the great swimmers (Katinka, Phelps, Missy, Laslo, Lochte, Campbell, Kosuke, Meilutite, Manaudou, Thiago, Belmonte, etc, etc) to catapult swimming, paying whatreally they deserve, creating more publicity for our sport and as a result more and more and more audience and followers.
True Usain Bolt is by far the best racer and I respect that, but only I won the 400-meter, 400 hurdles, 110 hurdles and long jump to record all (besides the 100, 200 and relay) can be compared with realize what Phelps. Still makes more money Bolt ran 100 meters, Phelps, Lochte, Missy katinka or by razing several tests records.
They do not see that so we all win, especially our sport.

Gareth Sykes

i have little doubt some of the allegations may be correct, but why is it presented so poorly? I believe I have a good grasp of the English language, but had to read this ‘article’ two or three times to grasp the point. If making such a grand statement (and I am not disagreeing with the point) please put the argument together in a manner that can be comprehended.

Craig Lord

Gareth, John Leonard is not a journalist. He’s also American … but I have to say that I had no trouble understanding the points he was making. You’ll have to forgive me but your poor understanding may have less to do with English language and more to do with a need to catch up on an ongoing subject, if you so wish. You’ll find more and deeper explanations here:
http://www.swimvortex.com/specials/fina-future/

jman

if some of that $ is what i have to pay to USA Swimming to allow my kids to swim local, small age group swim meets then i say “hands off”. The pro’s deserve none of that.

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