Adam Peaty: New swimming league "what the sport needs"

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter
Adam Peaty
Briton Adam Peaty has backed the controversial new International Swimming League

Olympic champion Adam Peaty says the new International Swimming League (ISL) is "what the sport needs" even though competing in it could lead to a ban from next year's World Championships.

Governing body Fina has said events must seek approval six months in advance and that anyone competing next month could face a subsequent ban.

But Peaty, 23, said: "I believe in the concept, it's what the sport needs.

"I'm looking forward to racing in Turin. I want to show my support."

Organisers of the ISL have said they attempted to gain approval, but Fina refused to acknowledge their bid as the new event would be a rival to their own World Cup series.

An increasing number of high-profile swimmers, including Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Peaty and Commonwealth champions Duncan Scott and Ben Proud, have backed the new ISL event.

Frustration has been growing over the way Fina runs the sport, with athletes particularly frustrated by its lack of involvement in key decision-making.

Fina's ultimately successful decision to propose the women's 1500m and men's 800m events for Tokyo 2020 was widely criticised by those in the sport.

Many, Peaty included, stated they would have preferred additions to the sprint programme - namely the 50m backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly - to go alongside the 50m freestyle that is already part of the line-up.

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