Kuwait Succession In Place As FINA Swims Against The Olympic Tide On Age Limits

FINA in focus: Julio Maglione, top right, is the latest in a line of federation presidents going back to George Hearn in 1908

The succession plan backed by big Middle Eastern money is in place: today FINA took a retrograde step by voting against the tide of Olympic trend on age limits for high office, for a reversal of a promise to have the president stay on for two terms only and for a move that will allow the current head honcho to step aside mid-term around 2019 so that the international federation can be led by a man from Kuwait, a nation with no world-class swimming program

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The succession plan backed by big Middle Eastern money is in place: today FINA took a retrograde step by voting against the tide of Olympic trend on age limits for high office, for a reversal of a promise to have the president stay on for two terms only and for a move that will allow the current head honcho to step aside mid-term around 2019 so that the international federation can be led by a man from Kuwait, a nation with no world-class swimming program

Comments

Lawrie Cox

Well back to the future it is then. After taking some tentative steps to improve with term and age restrictions in 2009 & 11 we reverse the lot in one go.
How does this stack up with the IOC age restrictions, it doesn’t. At least they did it many years ago including the incumbent FINA president but FINA cannot apply even that basic principle. As for the Mid east money and control, when does the office move to the UAE? Must have better rules than Swiss now so fits in with the needs of the few rather than the transparency for the many.

Craig Lord

Good question Lawrie… now that would be a thing, the HQ of intl swimming in the desert…

clive rushton

Good grief.

Ger

Politics always does more harm than good. Power and control. The people it is supposed to serve are of least importance. The regulations are pointless because the Organization that makes them, can change them at any time. Money rules.

aswimfan

Well, I presume that the powerful swimming federations like USA Swimming and SAL share the blame too.

Craig Lord

They certainly carry responsibility, aswimfan

Paul Moxham

I am so disappointed that those in ‘control’ of the sport I love have taken such a retrograde step.

Mark Fishwick

I find it laughable that an international federation such as FINA can get away with this so easily. If it was subject to the laws of somewhere like the UK or the US then the individuals involved would be looking at serious corruption investigations and lengthy sentences. Unfortunately there seem to be many similar problems with other international sporting federations (FIFA is the obvious one, the IAAF, but surely others will be similar…). What will it take for this issue to be taken seriously by someone who could create the momentum required for change?

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