On the 2023 Golden Goggles Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles, World Aquatics govt director Brent Nowicki delivered a message to U.S. Nationwide Group swimmers.
Nowicki began by calling USA Swimming “one of the vital profitable swimming applications ever produced” earlier than saying “after all, with that well-earned popularity comes appreciable accountability.”
“The entire Nationwide Group members on the market, the eyes of the world observing you once you stroll out on that pool deck, my message to you this night: Please don’t underestimate the impression you could have, in each actions and phrases, on our world swimming neighborhood,” stated Nowicki, who spent eight years on the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport earlier than taking on as director of World Aquatics in June of 2021. “You’re every leaders who will assist us information our sport greater than you might ever know.
“And proper now, the world wants you greater than ever earlier than,” Nowicki continued. “As we’re all seeing, the world is actually a fragile place. Maybe it’s extra fragile now than any one among us can ever bear in mind. At World Aquatics, it’s our hope — certainly, it’s a core a part of our mission — to offer a pool deck the place international locations can come collectively and embrace peaceable competitors.”
Nowicki’s cryptic feedback concerning the fragility of the world are possible references to Russia’s conflict in Ukraine in addition to the Israel-Palestine battle.
Final month, the Worldwide Olympic Committee suspended the Russian Olympic Committee for absorbing sports activities organizations in 4 areas illegally annexed from Ukraine. In the meantime, World Aquatics moved the final cease of its 2023 Open Water World Cup Collection out of Eilat, Israel, amid ongoing combating within the area, and the Eilat cease of the 2024 Open Water World Cup Collection stays “to be confirmed.”