Ring of Fire Professional Swimmers Tour Dates & Venues To Be Released In March

Impact - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Organisers of the 2018-19 “Ring of Fire” Tour for professional elite swimmers will announce the venues and dates for the inaugural series of a new event aimed at providing an alternative to the FINA model of World Cups that pay relatively big sums to a handful of swimmers but leave the vast majority of athletes dependent on often subsidised national and federation handouts and private sponsorship just to survive. Singapore announcement will reveal supporting key stakeholders from around the world, Shanghai and London in the mix. Up until now, FINA has been able to use a rule barring any member federation and its athletes from competing in events hosted by non-members in a one-global-body-to-rule-them-all model. However, late last year, the European Commission ruled similar restraints in skating anti-competitive and ordered the international skating federation to change its rules and thus allow athletes to race in competitions beyond its control and offer. The EC has indicated to other sports federations that it will enforce the same ruling on any sport in which a complaint is raised by any athlete punished as a result of racing at an event held outside the control and offer

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Organisers of the 2018-19 “Ring of Fire” Tour for professional elite swimmers will announce the venues and dates for the inaugural series of a new event aimed at providing an alternative to the FINA model of World Cups that pay relatively big sums to a handful of swimmers but leave the vast majority of athletes dependent on often subsidised national and federation handouts and private sponsorship just to survive. Singapore announcement will reveal supporting key stakeholders from around the world, Shanghai and London in the mix. Up until now, FINA has been able to use a rule barring any member federation and its athletes from competing in events hosted by non-members in a one-global-body-to-rule-them-all model. However, late last year, the European Commission ruled similar restraints in skating anti-competitive and ordered the international skating federation to change its rules and thus allow athletes to race in competitions beyond its control and offer. The EC has indicated to other sports federations that it will enforce the same ruling on any sport in which a complaint is raised by any athlete punished as a result of racing at an event held outside the control and offer

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