Compromise reached on foreign swimmers


A MOVE to exclude foreign competitors from the national swimming championships resulted in amicable compromise at the IASA's a.g.m. in Dublin on Saturday.

Visiting swimmers will still be allowed to compete but, there will be two sets of medals as a precaution against Irish competitors finishing outside the first three.

The Connacht Branch's recommendation "that the Irish national championships should not be an open event" was later withdrawn in favour of a carried amendment which reads:

"That the national championships is an open event with two sets of medals available for presentation as follows; medals presented to the first three in each event. Should any of the first three winners be foreign competitors, medals to be presented to the first three Irish winners".

An effort by Connacht to redress a rule that effectively rules out junior races at national championships was lost. The western branch proposed that the decision to alter the format of the national championships should be postponed for one year to allow for "further discussion and that the national championships of 1996 should have senior and junior events as before".

A motion relating to drug testing, originally adopted by the executive committee and presented to the a.g.m for inclusion in the IASA's constitution was carried.

The association recognises the right of the Department of Education, the Olympic Council of Ireland, the Sports Council for Northern Ireland and any other accredited agents to undertake such drug testing.

Peter Brennan of Connacht was installed as the association's new president. Celia Millane was returned as secretary and Ray Kendal as treasurer.