FINA said in a statement Sunday it was focused on its 25-meter pool event rather than the legal challenge.
“As always, FINA remains open to proposals that would genuinely enhance — rather than conflict with — the current and planned competition calendars,” the governing body said.
An unrelated European ruling last year shows swimmers have a case to challenge possible anti-competitive behavior. Dutch speedskaters won a European Commission decision in Brussels against the Swiss-based International Skating Union. They had been threatened with bans for wanting to compete in a South Korean-organized “Icederby” event in Dubai.
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