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Nick Butler: Is FINA another out-of-touch governing body or is progress being made?

Nick Butler: Is FINA another out-of-touch governing body or is progress being made?

Last night’s International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Aquatics Gala took place in the iconic Vigadó Concert Hall here in Budapest. Built in 1859 on the eastern bank of the Danube, the grand old building - the city's second-largest concert venue - required 36 years of renovation following the destruction of World War Two, but is now fully restored and filled once again with elegant arches and beautiful paintings.








Nick Butler: What do Brazilians really think about Rio 2016 after another tough week?

Nick Butler: What do Brazilians really think about Rio 2016 after another tough week?

Whisper it softly, but our sporting scandalometer was slightly steadier last week.

We had the odd moment here and there: a Russian European Games boost and more FIFA Presidential manifestos, and tennis stepped up to the breach, of course, with a new spin placed on old allegations about match fixing.

But the lack of major developments in the ever-escalating athletics and football dramas gave us more time to focus on other issues, including the still uncertain preparations for Rio 2016 after another chaotic week, which began with celebrations marking 200 days until the Opening Ceremony.