Swiss Aquatics are quite furious, considering that swimmers from Russia and Belarus will have the right to perform at the next FINA World Championships. The Swiss did not like that, but FINA still wants to allow the Russians and Belarusians to compete, but under neutral flag "After a detailed discussion in the central board, Swiss Aquatics came to the conclusion that it is not appropriate to attend the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest if athletes from Russia or Belarus under their nationality or under a neutral flag from the FINA participate," a statement from Swiss Aquatics read, as quoted by insidethegame "Swiss Aquatics is unreservedly committed to safe, fair and doping-free sport.
From the point of view of Swiss Aquatics, given the circumstances, neither the safety nor the fairness for the participating athletes at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest can be guaranteed, if athletes from Russia or Belarus participate."
FINA as an organization wants to secure the World Cup without incidents and some things that could endanger the safety of all competitors.
That is why FINA will monitor the situation, consider the options they have, react accordingly and pass new laws. "FINA has noted the position taken by the Swiss Aquatics Federation regarding the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest," the statement from FINA read.
"Athlete welfare is our number one priority, which is why the FINA Bureau recently passed a new bylaw that now provides FINA with the power to review the participation of athletes and officials at FINA events on a case-by-case basis in emergency situations, such as the current war in Ukraine.
"FINA will be reviewing the situation with regard to the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes at the 19th FINA World Championships." Situation is still critical, and there are no indications that a truce will be reached The problem is not only in swimming, the problem is big in other sports as well, because most athletes object to competing with Russians and Belarusians, but of course the decision will be made by people in the highest positions in sports organizations. The best thing for everyone would be for peace to finally come, but the chances of such a thing seem slim