More is less. That’s the verdict of Michael Phelps as he joined the chorus of concern over FINA’s fat-cat additions to the Olympic program, which for Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee decided this week, will grow by a mixed medley relay, a men’s 800m free and a women’s 1500m freestyle. The most decorated Olympic of all-time, with 23 golds and 28 medals in all to his credit, Phelps gave a big thumbs down to the additions, which fell shy of FINA’s request of also adding stroke 50m races on all strokes. FINA’s fat-cattery was in the same mould as the shiny suits saga of 2008 and 2009, he said. The sport was worse off for it and had had to roll back.
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