FINA chief: ‘It seems’ Phelps ‘wants to come back in Rio 2016’

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Even the president of swimming’s international governing body is talking about a Michael Phelps comeback.

“We offered Phelps the chance to be a member of the bureau (executive committee), but he told us he does not have time because it seems that he wants to come back in Rio 2016,” FINA president Julio Maglione told German press agency DPA, according to South African news outlet SuperSport.

Phelps, 28, has been facing questions about a possible comeback for months but says he’s happy playing golf for now. He told The Associated Press he doesn’t know if he’ll compete at the Rio Olympics.

Also in the interview, Maglione defended banning the high-tech swimsuits from 2008 and 2009.

“There was a terrible, almost dramatic, economic problem, given their price,” he said, adding that swimmers are still breaking records after the suit ban.

Video: Phelps addresses comeback speculation