Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) director general François Carrard has been hired by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) to undertake a review into all aspects of their corporate governance, it was announced following a Bureau meeting here today.
Carrard, credited with spearheading the IOC's recovery from the Salt Lake City corruption scandal in 1998, will effectively perform a similar function to the one he is also currently serving as chair of the FIFA Reform Committee.
Acting through his company Carrard Consulting SA, this will include the consideration of changes to all aspects of the running of the organisation, potentially including changes to the FINA constitution.
Proposals could be drawn up by the next FINA Bureau meeting, expected to be held in October, before being circulated to members for discussion eight months before a decisive vote at the 2017 FINA Congress held here before the World Championships here next July.
FINA has not suffered any governance scandals on the level of football body FIFA or the International Association of Athletics Federations, but there is a feeling that improvements need to be made.
Changes passed by a "large majority" at last year's Extraordinary Congress in Kazan included the “suppression” of the maximum age limit of elected FINA Bureau members, something that appears to allow the body's 80-year-old President Julio Maglione to stand for a third four-year term in office next year.
Detailed annual financial audits are also yet to be published.
"We are dealing with the reality of sport today: good governance, decision making, financial issues, everything related to sport business," FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu told insidethegames following the meeting.
"We want to have more transparency and be easier to understand from outside.
"The image of sport today is not in the place it deserves to be.
"We have to do as much as we can to become a social movement which brings many benefits to society.
"People from outside don't have such a deep knowledge, so get the wrong vision."
The meeting came on the eve of the FINA World Aquatics Gala here as well as the selection and announcement of the host cities for both the 2021 and 2023 World Championships.
Other decisions made today included the "temporary suspension" of the Mexican Swimming Federation after they broke contractual obligations by withdrawing as host for the 2017 FINA World Championships last February.
Budapest subsequently stepped into the breach as replacement host.
Mexico is one of three Federations currently suspended, along with Kuwait and Sri Lanka.
If the three bans have not been lifted beforehand, swimmers from all three nations will have to participate under the FINA or IOC flags rather than their respective national ones at August's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.