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The Lithuanian Swimming Federation (LPF) is leaving the Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations (LSFS), saying that it fails to advance the interests of sports.
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"The Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations does not offer any value for Olympic sports. At least the Lithuanian Swimming Federation does not see any," said LPF president Tomas Kučinskas, after the federation decided to quit the union.

Kučinskas told lrytas.lt that the LSFS was not representing the interests of sports federations. He also said he had doubts about the transparency of the union's operations and its criteria for distributing sports funding.

"The goals and priorities of this organization, except its desire to distribute money, are a mystery to us," Kučinskas said.

He also suggested setting up a union of federation representing Olympic sports that could cooperate with the National Olympic Committee on preparing for the Games.

Some of the country’s leading Olympic athletes are members of the Lithuanian Swimming Federation including Olympic champion Rūta Meilutytė, world and European finalist Giedrius Titenis, and accomplished youth swimmers Danas Rapšys and Audrius Šidlauskas.

Seven or eight Lithuanian swimmers are expected to participate in Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games this summer. Meilutytė, Titenis, Rapšys and the men's relay team have already qualified.