Sydney, Nov 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 7th Nov, 2020 ) :Former great Kieren Perkins was appointed head of Swimming Australia Saturday, charged with building momentum into next year’s delayed Tokyo Olympics.
Perkins retired in 2000 having amassed 23 medals at international competitions, earning the distinction of being the first person to hold Olympic, world, Commonwealth and Pan Pacific titles simultaneously.
“I have a strong desire to maintain swimming’s position as Australia‘s most successful Olympic sport and with only a year out from Tokyo it’s important to keep a level of stability and focus,” he said.
“We need to keep building momentum and heading into an Olympic year there is no better opportunity to bring the sport and the country together and inspire future generations.” Swimming is Australia‘s most prolific Olympic sport, and they have a storied rivalry with the United States in the pool.
It follows breaststroker Brenton Rickard failing a re-test of his eight-year-old doping samples, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Rickard, 37, described the positive test for a small amount of furosemide, a masking agent, as his “worst nightmare” in an email to his former team-mates published by the newspaper Friday evening.
If confirmed, the entire Australian relay team — Rickard, James Magnussen, Christian Sprenger, Hayden Stoeckel, Matt Targett and Tommaso D’Orsogna — would lose their medals.
The report comes after Australia‘s Shayna Jack tested positive for a proscribed muscle-building drug in the run-up to the 2019 world championships, and was later banned by the Australian anti-doping authority.