Swimming in Australia no longer supports the fledgling professional league that was supposed to launch in 2022.
L ‘Australian Swimming Association The ASL was officially announced in July, in a format similar to that devised by the International Swimming Association (ISL). In late August, the new league announced that it would be postponed to 2022 due to restrictions still in place in connection with the pandemic.
The league is privately owned and funded, but has been operating under the full support of swimming australia.
However, the national governing body has severed all links with ASL. The official motive is concern about the alloy’s ownership and economic sustainability.
The Sydney Morning Herald It was reported that Swimming Australia’s decision came after the conviction of the ASL founder and main owner for tax fraud David Brandi.
A spokesperson for Swimming Australia told the Morning Herald:
“Swimming Australia has suspended support for ASL. We are awaiting further information requested about management and other commercial programs needed to ensure financial stability and the success of the league.”
The news was delivered to ASL following the board meeting. In this same meeting Eugenie Buckley He has been officially appointed as CEO of Swimming Australia.
Alex Bowman Who resigned as CEO for health reasons after the Olympics, had fully supported ISL. However, Herald sources say the new CEO was skeptical about the project’s economic viability.
It is believed that Brandy’s conviction was the real reason for the break-up of Swimming Australia.