Ghana’s Farida Iddriss Appointed to FINA Reform Committee

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Ghana’s Farida Iddriss Appointed to FINA Reform Committee

Farida Iddriss, the treasurer of the Ghana Swimming Association, has been appointed to FINA’s Reform Committee, per reports out of Africa.

Idriss has worked as the treasurer of the Ghana Swimming Association for the last six years. She was named the administrative manager of the Ghana Olympic Committee in the spring, bringing an emphasis on women’s sports to one of the most populous West African countries. She is also a member of the Zone 2 executive board of the African Swimming Confederation (CANA), helping Ghana host the CANA Zone 2 Championships in 2020.

Idriss holds a master’s degree in sports ethics and integrity. She is a registered swimming referee, having passed FINA’s licensing exam in 2015.

From a letter that Idriss wrote upon accepting the position:

“Nearly one week ago, on the trust of the Aquatics world, I accepted to serve our community as the President of FINA. In doing so, I made a commitment that I would drive change through a series of reforms, emphasizing the need for greater transparency, inclusion and innovation in the management and development of our sport.

“This was highlighted in my campaign as a priority and on my recommendation, the FINA Bureau agreed to the formation of the FINA Reform Committee. It is now my distinct pleasure to invite you to serve the Aquatics world as a member of this Committee.”

The appointment fits with two themes of the reign of new FINA president Husain Al-Musallam. When he was elected in June, he immediately called for a reform committee to look into matters of “communication, marketing, governance, anti-doping, gender equity, safeguarding, major events and sport development.”

He has also signaled an effort to expand FINA’s reach beyond traditional power centers. The untapped potential of Africa is the most obvious frontier, as are the Middle East countries that the Kuwaiti knows so well. Already, FINA has put money behind that plan, increasing scholarships and funding for facilities and swimmers in Africa.

2 comments

  1. avatar
    Geb Mabuza

    Congratulations to Farida,I’m so proud of you. Keep shining!

    • avatar
      Farida

      Thank You Geubuza, am so grateful .

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