LEN Changes Name To European Aquatics, Sets Up Integrity Unit At Congress In Madeira

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LEN Changes Name To European Aquatics, Sets Up Integrity Unit At Congress In Madeira

European governing body LEN has approved a name change to European Aquatics and established an independent Integrity Unit at the LEN Congress in Funchal, Madeira.

The decision to rename LEN (Ligue Européenne de Natation) follows world governing body FINA’s rebranding to World Aquatics in December 2022.

The governing body stated that a new, fully independent integrity unit (EAIU) be established “to maintain confidence in the integrity of Aquatics and in the commitment of European Aquatics to take all steps necessary to protect that integrity.”

A press release added:

“The EAIU is set to combat all forms of corruption and ethical misconduct, investigate fraudulent behaviour, and detect all forms of misconduct and non-compliance with this Constitution and/or the European Aquatics Rules and Regulations to ensure the confidence of all Athletes in Europe who dedicate their lives to reach their sporting goals.

“The unit will have the power to investigate and prosecute potential violations, but its main task would be handling all integrity matters and educating all stakeholders within European Aquatics about their obligations thereunder and to monitor their compliance with those obligations.

“A new Integrity Code, aligning with the same document issued by World Aquatics, has also been presented by Bureau Member Pia Johansen, and it enjoyed firm backing from the floor.”

There was also a commitment to electing a more gender-balance Bureau.

The 2024 European Aquatics Elective Congress will be held in Athens, Greece, on 27 january 2024.

President Antonio Silva added:

“When this Bureau was elected, we set 24 strategic objectives in our Action plan; 12 of those have been achieved, and we are on our way to achieving the other 12 as well, while establishing new priorities too.”

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