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FINA Announces Fran Crippen Task Force Members[]

November 1, 2010

FINA created a Task Force to investigate the causes and circumstances of the tragic loss of open water swimmer Fran Crippen (USA), on October 23, 2010, in the last leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Fujairah United Arab Emirates (also known as UAE) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.

The Task Force includes:[]

  • Mr. Gunnar Werner Chairman, Lawyer, Senior Vice President of the Court of Arbitration for Sport & FINA Honorary Member
  • Dr. Harold Vervaecke, PhD Belgium (also known as BEL) Flag of Belgium, Secretary General of the International Life Saving Federation, Doctor in Sports and Physical Education
  • Dr. Antonio Pelliccia, MD Italy (also known as ITA) Flag of Italy, Scientific Director of the Institute of Sports Medicine of CONI and World Authority on Cardiovascular Disease and Sports Medicine (specialized in sudden death)
  • Mr. Greg Towle Australia (also known as AUS) Flag of Australia – subject to confirmation, Leading open water coach from Australia. He has extensive experience coaching open water swimmers under many different conditions.
  • Dr. Tobie Smith, MD United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States, Doctor of family medicine practicing in NYC. Champion in the 25km at the 8th FINA World Championships Perth 1998. Advocate for Open Water Swimming and safety for its athletes.

The FINA Task Force will start its activity immediately.

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