The world swimming Association will host in the coming year a new Event: From March to may are to compete on three dates, four international athletes in various competitions against each other. The series is planned, according to the press release as an invitation tournament, the Association expects the participation of the best swimmers (Olympic champion, world champion, world record holder and Leading in the world ranking) in the respective disciplines.
The Fina was the last to come under pressure because of the athletes felt that the Association is not sufficiently supported. The major points of criticism were the insufficient Anti-Doping policy and disproportionately low prize money. The International Swimming League ISL wanted to change that.
The ISL has promised a new professional League, the athletes in the heart; and wanted to give 50 percent of the revenue of the new competition series on the athletes, grants and salaries to the Departure were provided. Plans that should have boycotted the Fina according to the ISL. The ISL, as well as a Trio, the three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu filed in the United States complain to the international competition, monopoly the Fina challenge.
the establishment of The new competition is likely to be an attempt to prevent a final escalation. And: The new concept is similar to the plans of the ISL. The Fina has announced for the new Event prize money in the amount of $ 3.9 million, in addition to appearance fees and travel costs.
“Real swimming show”
in Addition, the appointment should appeal to the host in the spring of the athletes. The only world Cup series, the Fina state at the time of the professionals in the criticism because of the autumn and winter dates to complete the float of your basic training, the lack of competition and, not least, the financial and time costs for traveling around the globe.
“We support this new concept. The Stars of our sport will be happy to always Shine on other occasions,” will Penny Heyns, Chairman of the Fina athletes Committee, cited in a communication from the world Federation. The Fina President Julio C. Maglione promised, you’ll have a “real swimming show”. Where this Show is held, is not yet known.
The ISL has not commented on the new Fina competition on MIRROR request. Even the top athletes have still not made it to the new Format.