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CAS dismisses Barelli case as Fina election looms

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed a case brought by Paolo Barelli against Fina less than a month before the Italian is set to go head-to-head with the aquatics global governing body’s president, Julio Maglione.

Barelli (pictured) claimed that Fina had interfered in last year’s European Swimming Federation (LEN) election, when he secured a second term by beating Erik van Heikningen by 50 votes.

Barelli alleged that Fina first vice-president Husain Al-Musallam had lobbied voters in the LEN election to back his challenger.

Barelli will stand against Maglione, the incumbent president of Fina, during the governing body’s congress in Budapest on July 22.

The CAS panel ordered Barelli to pay costs and a CHF5,000 (€4,500/$5,300) contribution towards Fina’s legal fees.