For who? swimmers, student-athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery
KAATSU users Tina Andrew and her son 5-time world champion Michael Andrew will both participate in the new International Swimming League, the first professional swimming league for elite swimmers.
The International Swimming League (ISL) will debut this year as the first professional sports league for elite competitive swimmers. In October, the ISL will host a series of U.S. and European-based competitions that will culminate in a global championship at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
By putting the most popular sport in the Olympics on display, the ISL will shift the paradigm of swimming by offering professional athletes a chance to participate in regular seasons and earn competitive bonuses, prize money, appearance money, and build commercial value.
The ISL was founded by Ukrainian financier Konstantin Grigorishin who has focused on securing and providing sustainable commercial growth in the swimming.
Mixed ISL gender teams will compete for points in fast-paced races – including sprint, relay and skin. The league offers the following characteristics:
- A team-based competition format where swimmers compete for team points
- Financial incentives where each athlete signs two contracts: one with their team and another with the ISL that enables them two sources of revenue: one that runs through their teams and a separate one that comes directly from the league
- Gender equality is guaranteed where 12 men and 12 women will represent each team
- World’s best athletes will participate in the ISL including 75% of swimming’s current Olympic champions and world record holders
- Regular seasons with swim meets held around the global from October to December. In 2020, the season will be expanded.
- Zero tolerance of doping is the rule as no athlete with a previous doping violation is allowed to compete and there is zero tolerance policy if doping is discovered
The U.S. will be represented by four teams:
- New York Breakers headed by General Manager Tina Andrew, mother-manager of 5-time world champion Michael Andrew
- Los Angeles headed by General Manager Lenny Krayzelburg, a backstroking Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder
- DC Trident headed by General Manager Kaitlin Sandeno, an Olympic gold medalist, world champion and former world record-holder
- Cali Condors headed by Jason Lezak, a 4-time Olympic gold medalist
Current Olympic champions and world record holders like Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian and Ryan Murphy will serve as ambassadors for the ISL that will kickoff on October 4th – 5th 2019 and will continue almost every weekend through November 24th.
The finals will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on December 20th and 21st 2019. The four best clubs from the United States and Europe will compete for prize money.