BUDAPEST (AFP) – Swimming’s governing body has been drawn into a pay scandal on the eve of the world championships.
Kuwait’s Husain Al Musallam, who is standing unopposed as FINA’s first vice-president, appears to demand a 10 percent cut of potential sponsorship deals in a tape recording obtained by The Times and Germany’s Speigel Online.
In his role as general director of the Olympic Council of Asia, the 57-year-old is heard asking a business partner for ‘commissions’ on deals worth “40 to 50 million” dollars.
The exchange is said to be between a prospective Chinese marketing agent and Musallam, who suggested he should receive 10 per cent of any OCA sponsorship deals.
FINA have yet to comment on the scandal that comes ahead of their presidential elections and Sunday’s start of the world champs in Budapest.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it has passed the allegations to its chief ethics investigator.
Back in April Musallam was effectively identified in a US Department of Justice indictment as a co-conspirator who allegedly paid bribes to a football official.