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Vice Presidents

Christa Thiel

Born 1954 – Married
Christa Thiel studied law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz where she gained a 1st State Degree in Jurisprudence in 1977 and a 2nd State Degree in Jurisprudence in 1980 in Wiesbaden. In 1984 she received a Doctor’s Degree in Jurisprudence from Christian Albrechts University, Kiel. Since 1980 she has worked as a lawyer with her own firm in Wiesbaden. Dr Thiel was the President of the German Swimming Federation for more than 15 years

  • President of the German Swimming Federation (DSV) 2000-2016
  • Vice President, competitive sport of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (N. O. C.) since 2010
  • Speaker of the Olympic and Non-Olympic Sport Federations in Germany, 2006-2010
  • Member of the LEN Bureau, 2004-2008
  • LEN Treasurer 2008-2012
  • LEN Vice President since 2012
  • Member of the FINA Disciplinary Panel since 2005
  • Member of the FINA Legal Commission, 2006-2009
  • Chairman of the FINA Legal Commission since 2009


Dimitris Diathesopoulos

Born 1947           Married with 2 children

Diathesopoulos-DimitrisMr Diathesopoulos, a lawyer by profession, practices in his home town of Pireus.  A graduate of the University of Athens, Faculty of Law, he speaks fluent English. As a student he played volleyball and between 1992 and 1996 he acted as a sports judge in volleyball. He is also an international Water Polo referee for both LEN and FINA and between 1990 and 1994, whilst a LEN Bureau member, he was the Bureau Liaison for Water Polo. He had involvement with the Athens Olympic Games, both as a member of the bidding and organising committees.

  •  President of the Hellenic Swimming Federation (K.O.E.), 1994-to date
  •  Board Member of the Bid Committee for Olympic Games Athens 1996, 1989-1991
  •  FINA TWPC member 1996-to date
  •  Vice President of COMEN, 1989-1992
  •  Chairman of the Board EAKKA – Athens National Swimming Sports Centre, 1993-1996
  •  Secretary General Hellenic Olympic Committee & member of Commission of International Olympic Academy (IOA) 1997-2004
  •  Board member of ATHOC, 2004, 1998-2005
  •  Chairman of the Organising Committee-FINA World Championships in Swimming, Athens 2000
  •  LEN Bureau Member, 2004-to date
  •  President of COMEN, 2007-to date


Sven von Holst

Born 1948         Married with 3 children
Sven von Holst

Sven Von Holst, who was formerly Senior Vice President of Stora Enso, an international forestry industry company,
currently works as the Chief Executive of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015. Now President of the Swedish Swimming Federation, he swam in Olympic Games, World and European Championships in the period between 1965 and 1975. A holder of a degree in Business Administration, he was head coach to the Swedish national swimming team between 1977 and 1984. In 1980, he was awarded the King of Sweden’s gold medal for outstanding sport leadership.

  • Member of the Swedish Olympic Committee, 1984-1996
  • Vice Chairman of the Swedish Olympic Committee, 1988-1996
  • Chef de Mission of the Swedish team at the Olympic Games in Calgary and Seoul, 1988, and Albertville and Barcelona, 1992
  • President of the Swedish Swimming Federation since 2003
  • LEN Vice President since 2012


Fernando Carpena Perez – Water Polo Liaison

Born in 1955
Fernando_CarpenaFernando Carpena Perez received a law degree from Universidad Complutense in Madrid and has been a practicing lawyer since 1978. He has used his expertise in law to good effect being Professor of sports law at the University of Physical Science (INEF) in Madrid as well as writing the statutes of the Spanish Swimming Federation. A former swimmer and water polo player he played for CD Parque Movil and Real Canoe N.C between 1969 and 1981.
  • Member of the Commission for Conflict Resolution, Spanish Swimming Federation, 1992-1996
  • President of the Madrilena Swimming Federation, 2004-2008
  • Member of the COMEN Bureau since 2009
  • President of the Spanish Swimming Federation since 2008
  • Member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Spanish Motor Cycle Federation, 1992-1996


Andriy Vlaskov – Diving Liaison

Born 1957           Married with 2 children
Andriy_VlaskovAndriy Vlaskov, who was born and lives in Kiev, was a member of the Soviet Union Swimming Team between 1975 and 1979. He graduated with a high degree in sport’s teaching education and he returned to the Presidency of the Ukrainian Swimming Federation.
  • President of the Ukrainian Swimming Federation, 1992-2000, 2018-to date
  • First Vice President, Director of the Ukrainian Swimming Federation since 2000
  • LEN TSC Member, 1994-2004
  • LEN Bureau Member since 2004
  • FINA Technical Swimming Committee member since 1996