Why Maglione Must Not Win & FINA Winner Must Not Be Tweedledum To His Tweedledee

Spot the difference - a game that FINA can no longer play at a time when only a complete overhaul will do - image by Patrick B. Kraemer

The House Of FINA has got a serious case of suspected rot on its hands. Exterminators to the rescue. Clue: start in the boardroom where you find feet off the ground. The news that Husain Al Musallam has been effectively identified in a U.S. Department of Justice indictment as a co-conspirator who allegedly paid bribes to a football official, Richard Lai, raises several questions, including the ultimate one: can FINA survive? That remains to be seen and the Kuwaiti’s case can only be judged in a U.S. court. But even before the news this week, the writing was on the wall: if FINA is to have a chance of survival, then Julio Maglione, the president, and a Kuwaiti succession plan must fall

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