FINA to set up Integrity Unit

2021-10-12 01:35:51 GMT2021-10-12 09:35:51(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LONDON, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- FINA is planning to establish an Integrity Unit as its Reform Committee published a report on Monday recommending necessary changes within the world governing body of aquatics.

The Reform Committee, established on June 5 2021, the same day as Husain Al-Musallam took office as FINA president, recommended reforms in governance, marketing, events, communication, digital transformation, and safeguarding, medical and equity.

Among which the creation of an Aquatics Integrity Unit is believed to be a move to reinforce FINA's fight against doping while also taking action to prevent competition manipulation, ensure high standards of ethical behavior and safeguard the wellbeing of all involved in the sport.

"I committed to reform as a central theme of my election," said Al-Musallam. "And I am very happy in the way we have been able to bring together an expert team to help shape this reform.

"It's critical for any organisation to have the right foundations. Thanks to the work of the Reform Committee, the changes we are submitting to the National Federations are very positive and ensure that our future success will be built to last," he added.

The Aquatics Integrity Unit would be approved in principle in December during FINA's Extraordinary Congress in Abu Dhabi. Board members would then be elected and rules adopted at FINA's General Congress of May 2022 in Fukuoka. The Unit would become operational as of June 1 2022.

"Aquatics athletes and those who support them deserve the very best in terms of integrity protections, whether for anti-doping, competition manipulation, harassment, abuse or other ethical violations. That is exactly what FINA is determined to put in place," said FINA Executive Director Brent Nowicki. "The proposal to create an Aquatics Integrity Unit is a clear sign of FINA's determination to prioritize the protection and wellbeing of aquatics sport participants." Enditem

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