Michael Phelps Knew Nothing Of Proposal To Have Him Promote FINA & Maglione

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps by Patrick B Kraemer

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, has made it clear that he will not promote FINA and the ambitions of its president, Julio Maglione, to have the international federation’s constitution changed so that the 79-year-old Uruguayan can stand for a third term in office from 2017

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Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, has made it clear that he will not promote FINA and the ambitions of its president, Julio Maglione, to have the international federation’s constitution changed so that the 79-year-old Uruguayan can stand for a third term in office from 2017

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aswimfan

Unbelievable, really.

FINA should instead use the money to promote and support swimming programs in developing countries, sending coaches from those countries to intern in world’s top swimming programs, etc etc.

I hope Phelps instead voicing his support AGAINST any of the stupid dictatorial moves by these so called FINA leadership.

aswimfan

Maglione is really lucky that he is not ruling over a country.

He should study the long history of nation leaders who wanted to rule forever and how they ended up being.

Danjohnrob

The thought came to my mind that USS and the ASCA may have decided not to allow Phelps to compete in Kazan so that he couldn’t be used as some kind of political pawn by these people. Perhaps they were afraid that, because he is launching a brand of swimwear he might agree to be part of their schemes in return for certain favors for Aquaspere?

Why doesn’t an 80 yr old man realize that it might be a good ldea to retire and let somebody with new ideas take over his job?

Craig Lord

Danjohnrob, I wouldn’t imagine that Michael Phelps and team were party to any such deals or discussions.
And in general, his new brand needs no favours – he’s MP 🙂
ASCA has no say in which swimmers compete for the USA beyond the contributions of some of its members to selection policies and related issues.

Simon Winther

Question for Craig Lord
At some point there was talk of US swimming (and others) breaking with FINA, to make a new international swimming federation.
How far away are we for that to be put on the table Again?

Craig Lord

Simon, I believe the preferred option for many of those pressing for a brighter future would be to change FINA through review process. Beyond that, I am aware of moves I have previously written about for a “plan B” and a new start. The direction and the timeframe of all things will much depend on what happens this season, I would imagine

So Cal Swimmer

Craig, how long ago did FINA begin to go down this dark road? I do not remember FINA being this disgusting back in the 70s and 80s and 90s.
(Unless you count their looking the other way while the DDR continued to steal and rob the innocent from their rightful places on the awards podium). Maybe I just answered my own question?

Craig Lord

I’d have to think about that, So Cal … but yes, you may well have answered your own question at least in terms of some who were there then and are still there now.

beachmouse

First thought: Whiskey tango foxtrot?

Second thought: I actually feel a little sorry for FINA for paying for a report from a “sports consultancy firm” that did so very little to no research on recent history in the sport.

Like USA Swimming is going to do anything to promote anyone in current FINA management after Fran Crippen.

Like Chuck Wiegus, despite being good at many things that have let him keep his job (I’ve read the USAS annual report Powerpoints) is best known to the broader American media as the guy who goes on the prime time news shows and sounds like a guy who knowingly ignored allegations that some coaches were sexual predators who were going after minor athletes in their care.

Like Michael Phelps is not likely to do anything that goes against USAS. He respects the organization, counts Crippen as a fellow US national team member, and is a stakeholder in another way since he’s an equity partner in NBAC.

It’s not that hard to find out those bits of background and realize how off the recommendations are.

easyspeed

Maglione scares me

Danjohnrob

Mr Lord et: I aplogize if my comment was stupid. I admit I don’t understand FINA or why there needs to be any politics associated with it.

So Cal Swimmer

That makes two of us, Danjohnrob.

Craig Lord

Danjohnrob, your comment wasn’t stupid – unless you’ve followed closely for some time this kind of stuff and how it works, you’d be lost. I will return another time to why the politics is there and how that plays out.

Danjohnrob

Mr Lord: Thank you, and I will look forward to further articles from you on this topic. One thing is becoming clear – FINA is focused a lot less on administration of fast, fair swimming competitions than one would expect!

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