LONDON: The skilled Worldwide Swimming League (ISL) will fund its contracted athletes by to subsequent 12 months’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics with month-to-month funds from September, the collection introduced on Friday.
It additionally plans a five-week mixed coaching and competitors occasion from Oct 14 to Nov 17 this 12 months at a location to be determined and topic to developments within the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hungary’s 2016 triple Olympic gold medallist Katinka Hosszu mentioned the ‘Solidarity Program’ would offer peace of thoughts for a lot of swimmers at a time of uncertainty with some nations in lockdown as they battle the brand new coronavirus.
“For us athletes, it’s really important to get over this period of time and everyone will be able to prepare for next summer,” she mentioned. “They have some security as well as some racing and training camps to look forward to.”
No monetary particulars have been offered however the swimming world web site mentioned 320 athletes would get $1,500 a month with $11 million put aside for wages, bonuses and prize cash in a condensed season.
The ISL launched final 12 months as a fast-paced competitors with 10 groups from Europe and North America that includes an array of world and Olympic champions and bankrolled by Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Grigorishin.
The Tokyo Video games, initially scheduled to begin in July this 12 months, have been postponed to July 23-Aug 8, 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have decided to provide support for our athletes in 2020-2021 by implementing the ‘ISL Solidarity Program’ during which the ISL will organize a radical swimming event unprecedented in swimming history,” the ISL mentioned in a press release. “Every athlete that has signed or will signal a contract with an ISL Membership will obtain an equal amount of cash per 30 days, beginning 1st September 2020 till 1st July 2021.
Printed in Daybreak, April 4th, 2020