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Fina chief Maglione secures another term

Julio Maglione has been re-elected for a third term as the president of Fina, the global governing body of aquatic sports.

The Uruguayan overcame the challenge of Italian Paolo Barelli, the president of the European Swimming Federation, by 258 votes to 77 on Saturday. Maglione’s term will run until 2021.

“I’m feeling very well and I respect the decision of Fina assembly,” Maglione said, according to the Reuters news agency. “I was elected for four years and I respect my assembly that voted for me. I have the responsibility to be here.”

A number of other changes were also confirmed at the Fina general congress in Budapest.

Synchronised swimming will be renamed as ‘artistic swimming’, while sports-related betting services will be added to a Fina event sponsorship blacklist that already includes tobacco and alcohol companies.

In another change that will be particularly relevant to Maglione, Fina bureau members can now only be elected for a maximum of three full terms. 

Fina’s general congress will also in the future be organised every two rather than four years.