Kishry elected as mem­ber of FINA Bureau

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Oman's lead­ing sports ad­min­is­tra­tor Taha al Kishry cel­e­brated the sul­tanate's Re­nais­sance Day by win­ning an elec­tion to be­come a mem­ber of the pres­ti­gious world swim­ming gov­ern­ing body, FINA, in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary on Satur­day.

The 57 year old Asian Swim­ming Fed­er­a­tion (AASF) sec­re­tary-gen­eral gar­nered 268 votes to fin­ish se­cond be­hind China's Ji­hong Zhou (314) and get a berth from Asia re­gion in the cov­eted FINA Bureau for the 2017-2021 pe­riod.

There were three can­di­dates for the two posts from Asia. Iran's Mohsen Rez­vani could get only 81 votes. Ja­pan's Daichi Suzuki and Kaza­khstan's An­drey Kryukov are the other ex­ist­ing mem­bers from Asia.

Speak­ing to Mus­cat Daily by phone from Bu­dapest af­ter his vic­tory, Kishry, who is also the Oman Swim­ming As­so­ci­a­tion (OSA) pres­i­dent and Oman Olympic Com­mit­tee (OOC) gen­eral sec­re­tary, said, “I am de­lighted to be part of the FINA Bureau and it gives me lot of pride to rep­re­sent the sul­tanate at the high­est level of world swim­ming body.”

“It is a great achieve­ment for Oman as it co­in­cides with the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion of the Re­nais­sance Day.”

Kishry, who also heads the Arab Swim­ming Fed­er­a­tion, said, “My role at FINA will also de­velop Oman swim­ming and pro­mote the sport in the re­gion. It is a big re­spon­si­bil­ity on me and I prom­ise to do my best for the sport.”

“My long years of as­so­ci­a­tion and con­tri­bu­tion to the Asian, Arab, Gulf and Oman swim­ming fed­er­a­tions have been ap­pre­ci­ated and I thank the mem­bers for their trust that helped me win by such a large mar­gin.

“Mus­cat has been the head­quar­ters of the Asian Swim­ming Fed­er­a­tion and it has played a re­spon­si­ble role over the past few years. I look for­ward to con­tribut­ing pos­i­tively to the swim­ming world and I am hope­ful the sport in Oman will gain a lot.”

Oman was among the 176 na­tional fed­er­a­tions present at the congress with Qais al Zak­wani, the OSA gen­eral sec­re­tary, rep­re­sent­ing the sul­tanate. The FINA com­prises 208 na­tional fed­er­a­tions.

Maglione re-elected

Uruguay's Julio Maglione was re-elected for a third term as FINA pres­i­dent af­ter beat­ing Italy's Paolo Barello, chief of the European swim­ming body. The 81 year old, who won by 258 votes against 77, ben­e­fited from a 2015 rule change that abol­ished an age and term limit for top of­fi­cials.

Kuwait's Hu­sain al Musal­lam was elected as first vice-pres­i­dent, days af­ter he de­nied links to an al­leged fi­nan­cial scandal. The 57 year old was elected un­op­posed in the Hun­gar­ian cap­i­tal, which is cur­rently host­ing the world aquat­ics meet.

A news­pa­per re­port on Wed­nes­day al­leged that Musal­lam, re­quested a cut of spon­sor­ship deals in his role as di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Olympic Coun­cil of Asia (OCA). Musal­lam re­jected the claims, while both the FINA and the OCA said no wrong­do­ing had taken place.

It is a great achieve­ment for Oman as it co­in­cides with the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion of the Re­nais­sance Day

Taha al Kishry

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