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The circle of life on Olympic Heights

The next chapters in the integrity saga surrounding the presidents of European Aquatics, the old and the new: António Silva gives a largely strange, world record-breakingly long interview to save his presidency, while Paolo Barelli claims a legal victory before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Gigantically long, partly weird: the interview with António Silva in A Bola. (Screenshot)

Updated with the Aquatics Integrity Unit's express decision in Silva's favour - against the whistleblower's information and apparently also despite Portuguese legislation.

The small avalanche of screaming headlines atop acres of coverage on an integrity scandal could easily have fooled one into thinking that Portugal's leading sports paper had unearthed a scoop at the very heart of its main mission: A Bola.

We were surely looking at the ugly side of the beautiful game.

A two-page Q&A, headlines horrors such as "They want to attack me, see me stretched out on the ground. Dead"; "They wanted to prevent me from running for head of the National Olympic Committee ..."; "There is an objectively persecutory attitude on the part of the IPDJ and its president towards me".

What!? Not football! Well, must be something up the high-octane end of world sport.

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