Cham­pion Peaty hits out at FINA sched­ule

Sunday Sun - - Cricket -

ADAM Peaty says swim­ming’s world gov­ern­ing body must change or it could cur­tail his ca­reer.

Olympic 100m breast­stroke cham­pion Peaty has pre­vi­ously out­lined his am­bi­tion to con­tinue to the 2028 Olympics in Los An­ge­les, all be­ing well.

There are many con­sid­er­a­tions over the length of Peaty’s ca­reer, but the state of the sport un­der FINA is high among them.

“If the sport is the way it is now, it won’t be sus­tain­able for me to con­tinue to 2028,” Peaty said.

“It be­comes very rigid, al­most te­dious. ‘Why am I go­ing to the same competitions ever year? Why am I do­ing the same for­mat that I’ve been do­ing for the last 10 (years)?’

“It be­comes ridicu­lously te­dious and I don’t want to be in­volved in some­thing when the gov­ern­ing body is not will­ing to change.”

Peaty’s crit­i­cisms of the in­flex­i­ble FINA brought a re­sponse. The gov­ern­ing body for all aquat­ics dis­ci­plines said it will “im­prove and mod­ernise” with an “in­no­va­tive” com­pe­ti­tion to be in­tro­duced in 2019.

But Peaty, the 50m and 100m breast­stroke world record holder, says ath­letes have not been con­sulted about new events.

“I’m not go­ing to bash it until I’ve heard it, but the ath­letes haven’t had any in­put,” he added.

“They’re com­ing out with this new for­mat and I know peo­ple on the ath­lete board and they (FINA) don’t even lis­ten to them.”

Peaty does not want the is­sue to be a dis­trac­tion lead­ing into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and called for FINA to now lis­ten to swim­mers’ con­cerns.

“FINA have an op­por­tu­nity now to rec­tify their mis­takes and start to lis­ten to the ath­letes,” he added.

“Some­one has to have a face to face meeting and say ‘what’s wrong? What do we need to do?’ But they haven’t of­fered that. Where does that put the ath­letes? Bot­tom of the food chain.

“As long as the ath­letes turn up they don’t care and un­for­tu­nately they have ath­letes in a choke hold be­cause they can’t earn any money com­mer­cially. It’s a bit of a sticky sit­u­a­tion.

“It’s not about the money, it’s about hav­ing what the ath­letes want.”

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