FINA pres­i­dent flies busi­ness class but does not get salary

The China Post - - SPORTS -

FINA pres­i­dent Julio Maglione trav­els busi­ness class but gets no salary, the world swim­ming fed­er­a­tion said Fri­day as it be­came the first ma­jor sport to an­swer calls by the Olympic leader for greater trans­parency.

The In­ter­na­tional Swim­ming Fed­er­a­tion said its Uruguayan pres­i­dent and other top of­fi­cials are all con­sid­ered vol­un­teers.

Pres­sure has mounted on lead­ing sports to in­crease their trans­parency on their fi­nances since In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach an­nounced this month that he would be given 225,000 eu­ros ( US$ 243,000) a year to cover his costs and said other pres­i­dents should de­clare their salaries.

The swim­ming fed­er­a­tion said that in an­swer to the call, “FINA, one of the most im­por­tant stake­hold­ers of the Olympic pro­gram, states that the pres­i­dent, the hon­orary sec­re­tary, the hon­orary trea­surer and the bureau mem­bers do not re­ceive any kind of in­dem­nity.

“They are con­sid­ered vol­un­teers and do not re­ceive a salary.”

FINA said that all travel busi­ness class and that each gets a daily al­lowance of US$ 400 ( 370 eu­ros) when on of­fi­cial busi­ness. The fig­ure in­creased by US$ 100 on Jan. 1.

The Lau­sanne- based fed­er­a­tion, which has 32 full time staff, said that it also plans to cre­ate a chief in­ter­nal au­dit of­fi­cer post.

Maglione, 79, also gets US$450 a day when trav­el­ing as a mem­ber of the IOC, which he has been a mem­ber of since 1996. The IOC re­leased the al­lowance fig­ures this month when it an­nounced Bach’s an­nual ex­penses sum.

“The IOC ethics com­mis­sion in­vites all the sports or­ga­ni­za­tions of the Olympic move­ment to es­tab­lish a sim­i­lar pol­icy and make this public, in or­der to in­crease trans­parency within the sports move­ment,” said ethics com­mis­sion chief Yous­soupha Ndi­aye at the time.

Fed­er­a­tions, such as foot­ball’s FIFA, have re­fused to de­clare the salaries of their lead­ers.

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