ALIA ATKINSON JOINS INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE

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Jamaica’s double-world record holder Alia Atkinson has joined a growing number of elite athletes who have joined the newly formed International Swimming League ISL.

Set to rival the FINA World Cup Series, the ISL includes 12 teams, 6 in Europe and 6 in the United States.

Meets will run almost every weekend between the 2019 Pan American Games and the end of the year with a month break between the regular season and the semi-finals.

The minimum prize money available without club salaries or appearance fees for the season is $5.3 million, a figure that doubles the prize money currently offered for the world cup series.

Atkinson who has adopted the moniker Iron Jaguar has signed up with the Hungarian-based Iron Swim Budapest team that’s owned by league ambassador and multiple Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu.