Sun was then banned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for eight years — then at a retrial for four years — after the World Anti-Doping Agency challenged the FINA ruling.
If FINA member federations approve the idea in December, the proposed Aquatics Integrity Unit should start work next June. It would investigate cases and prosecute them at the CAS anti-doping tribunal.
A modernizing slate of changes was promised when FINA’s then-senior vice president Husain al-Musallam was elected unopposed in June to lead the Lausanne-based body.
The new Kuwaiti president’s key hire was a first new director general in 35 years, Brent Nowicki, an American lawyer recruited from CAS where he had been managing counsel.
The previous FINA leadership style was widely criticized on Monday in a reform draft that spoke of “significant issues of transparency and communication,” a “passive” marketing strategy, and commercial rights deals “more like a transaction than a partnership.”
The international events schedule was criticized for offering quantity over quality, with too many held in Asia or Europe and broadcast with little innovation that failed to promote athletes.
“FINA should do a better job of telling the stories of its athletes,” the reform document said, also recommending increased prize money.
The document noted “the lack of relationships with athletes” was a barrier to producing more digital content which was key to FINA’s future strategy.