Pelé Law Blocks Brazilian Swim Blazers Handpicking Athlete Reps; Fed In Turmoil

Thiago Pereira by Patrick B. Kraemer

The Rio 2016 Olympic complex already stands in ruins. Now, the Brazilian Aquatic Sports Confederation (CBDA) is in meltdown: the general assembly has been cancelled in the wake of court rulings that include a bar on the federation’s boss naming athlete representatives, in contravention of Brazil’s “Pelé Law”. Thiago Pereira is among those appointed by Coaracy Nunes, former head of the CBDA and a member of the FINA Bureau, to the Athletes Commission. But that is all now cancelled, along with the General Assembly next Saturday until the fed can set its house in order, judges rules

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