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International Swimming League features Australian talent

by ZwemZa on May 22nd, 2019

Focused: Kyle Chalmers walks onto the pool deck before winning the men’s 100m freestyle final in Rio.
Photo: AAP

The new professional league for elite swimming will launch in October with meets in seven US and European cities, ending with a championship in a temporary pool in Las Vegas.

The International Swimming League, which will feature Australians including Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers, Cate and Bronte Campbell plus Emma McKeon, announced their schedule on Tuesday.

The season begins October 4-5 in Indianapolis, followed by meets October 12-13 in Naples, Italy; October 18-19 in Lewisville, Texas; October 26-27 in Budapest; November 15-16 in College Park, Maryland; and November 23-24 in London at the site of the 2012 Olympics.

The championship will be December 19-20 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s 12,000-seat arena in Las Vegas.

The ISL says it has signed more than 200 of the world’s elite swimmers, including Americans Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian, Simone Manuel and Ryan Murphy and Briton Adam Peaty.

A huge pay day awaits the competitors with billionaire backer Konstantin Grigorishin promising big money prize money after investing almost $A32 million into the competition’s inaugural competition that will start in October.

FINA reportedly initially threatened to ban any competitor who contested the ISL but the world body has since publicly clarified it would not block athletes to end a stand-off with angry swimmers.

FINA will launch their invitation-only, $A5.5 million CSS – which they have described as the “richest swimming event in history” – in Guangzhou, China next month with a May leg in Budapest and an Indianapolis round that will be completed by June 1.

The CSS clashes with Australia’s national championships to be held in Adelaide from April 7-12 and the world titles selection trials in Brisbane from June 9-14.

vision.org.au

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