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ISL: The Plot to Kill the Olympics

4. juni 2021, AF Lasse K. Hansen

Navnet Konstantin Grigorishin siger nok ikke de fleste særlig meget, men milliardæren fra Ukraine er manden bag International Swimming League (ISL).

ISL er en årlig turnering hvor de bedste svømmere fra hele verden dyster mod hinanden som hold og startede i 2019.
ISL har som erklæret mål at forny svømmesporten, øge media eksponeringen og forbedre svømmernes forhold.

Vejen dertil har været lang og har for Grigorishin betydet at han har lagt sig ud med en lang række af de mest prominente folk i international svømning og helt til toppen af den russiske regering.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, 31, one of the greatest swimmers of all time, with 26 Olympic, World, and European golds in a 17-year career, and the only swimmer ever to earn $1 million from racing, recalls a conversation with Marculescu a few years ago in which he asked her how to go about popularizing the World Cup. Perhaps if he treated swimmers better, she suggested, more would come. “And he said, ‘Look, swimmers are swimmers, Katinka. Swimmers come and go. Swimmers don’t matter. The fans come out for FINA.’” Hosszu realized that Marculescu was letting slip a truth. “They don’t care about swimmers,” she says. “They don’t like swimming. Swimming is just a tool to make money.”

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