FINA clears Isleta issue at World Championships

Published June 22, 2022, 4:06 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

The International Swimming Federation, or FINA, officially confirmed and accepted the Philippine Swimming, Inc.’ entry of Jasmine Alkhaldi, Miranda Renner and Jonathan Cook to the 19th FINA World Championships slated Friday to July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

“FINA confirms that Mrs. Lailani Velasco, recognized president of the Philippine Swimming, Inc., has completed the sports entries of the swimming delegation of the Philippines according to FINA rules,” FINA sports director Pere Miro said in a one-page letter to Velasco Saturday.

FINA also stressed it was correct when it denied PSI’s request to send in three women including the country’s lone Hanoi Southeast Asian Games gold winner Chloe Isleta and one man to Budapest because it would have violated its own rules if it had given its approval.

“We understand that originally three athletes from the Philippines had achieved the qualification standard times. Following the injury of Luke Michael Gebbie, only two athletes registered at the Fina World Championships had a qualifying time B,” said Miro.

“Therefore, with only two athletes which qualified with a B standard entry time for the world championships, the maximum number of swimmers allowed is two male athletes and two female athletes. It is not possible to have three female athletes and one male athlete,” he added.

Alkhaldi and Renner both earned spots with B standard entry time, while Cook’s selection was based on universality with the highest FINA points of 793.