LAUSANNE (SUI) – FINA’s independent Ethics Panel has provisionally suspended Paolo Barelli with immediate effect.

The FINA Ethics Committee is currently investigating multiple referrals of alleged wrongdoing from three separate cases against Mr. Barelli, who is the President of the Italian Swimming Federation (FIN), former FINA Bureau Member and former Ligue Europeenne de Natation (LEN) President.

The allegations of wrongdoing under investigation by the FINA Ethics Panel against Mr. Barelli include potential multiple rule violations of the FINA Constitution and the FINA Code of Ethics.

The Hearing Panel resolved to impose a provisional suspension on Mr. Barelli that precludes him from exercising any functions and participating in any activities within FINA, FINA Continental Organizations and FINA Member Federations. Thus, Mr. Barelli is ineligible to act as President of the Italian Swimming Federation during his provisional suspension.

Mr. Barelli’s provisional suspension shall stay in effect until the resolution of all matters underway with the FINA Ethics Panel.