28 September 2021, Naples, Italy: On the sidelines of season 3 of the International Swimming League, the recently announced ISA held its first post Olympics, in-person Board meeting. “With the Olympics now over, and most of the Board members in one city, it was the perfect opportunity to get together and build some momentum” said ISA founding Board member Brent Hayden.
Formed in response to the calls from professional swimmers worldwide for independent representation, the International Swimmers’ Alliance has a goal to improve personal and economic opportunities for all elite swimmers by elevating the sport into the modern era. The ISA aims to engage in positive dialogue with the IOC and swimming’s international governing body, FINA, to bring about the change needed to modernize the sport. Matt Biondi, Alliance manager, has been invited by FINA Chairman Husain Al Musallam to the upcoming World Championships in Abu Dhabi to set up a positive working relationship. The Alliance’s goal is collaboration, but at the same time hold those accountable at FINA when not acting in the best interest of the athletes.
Among the first items on the agenda was the adoption of the organization’s initial Mission Statement - To be the independent voice of international competitive swimmers.
Board member Katinka Hosszú added, “We are looking for a seat at the table whenever international swimming competitions are planned”.
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