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US: Swimming Federation to face gold medalist’s antitrust suit

 |  December 18, 2019

Professional swimming’s world governing body must face claims that it uses its control over Olympic events to drive down athlete pay at other international competitions, a California federal judge ruled.

The antitrust lawsuit accuses Switzerland-based Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) of monopolizing the sport by leveraging its relationships with top-tier athletes to stop a competing organization from staging professional events, reported Bloomberg. 

That allegedly involves threatening to suspend swimmers who participate in unsanctioned races and to penalize country-level affiliates, including USA Swimming, that help put them on.

Full Content: Bloomberg

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