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Japan Sports Agency boss Suzuki set for FINA appointment

Kyodo

Japan Sports Agency commissioner Daichi Suzuki will be chosen as one of 23 bureau members of swimming’s world governing body FINA, sources said Thursday.

Suzuki, who won the men’s 100-meter backstroke at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, is set to replace Kazuo Sano of Japan at the FINA general congress to be held ahead of the world championships in July in Budapest, according to the sources.

Suzuki, who presided over the Japan Swimming Federation for two years from 2013 and was elected vice president of the Asia Swimming Federation in October, will serve a four-year term, which will take him beyond the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Asia has five seats on the FINA bureau, four of which do not require voting. Suzuki is in line for one of those four prearranged seats, the sources said.