FINA Announces It Will Not Recognize CBDA Election Results

Jul 17, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Fans of Brazil cheer during the medal ceremony for the 100m breaststroke final the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
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FINA, the international governing body of swimming, announced that it will not recognize the results of the upcoming election for the presidency of the Brazilian Confederation of Water Sports (CBDA). The organization oversees all aquatic sports across Brazil, including swimming, water polo, and diving. The CBDA is set to hold their upcoming election tomorrow, Friday June 9.

In a communication signed by FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, the organization states that it cannot recognize the results of the election because they do not abide by CBDA or FINA rules. The memo was sent to Gustavo Licks, the current interim head of the Brazilian Federation. You can read the official memo on the Brazilian website here.

Licks has stepped in for former president Coaracy Nunes, who presided over the Brazilian federation from 1988 to 2016, nearly 30 years. Nunes was removed from his post last year along with several other high ranking members of the organization after Brazilian police uncovered fraud and embezzlement activity within the organization. While Nunes had planned to run for his post again this year, he was officially imprisoned in April.