PR 99 - FINA Extraordinary Congress - Doha 2014


Doha (QAT), November 29 2014 - With the presence of delegates from 155 National Member Federations, the FINA Extraordinary Congress took place today in Doha (QAT), and approved the following changes in the FINA Rules:

-    Constitution Rules: High Diving is now officialised as the sixth FINA Aquatic Discipline; the Code of Ethics and the FINA Ethics Panel are now part of this set of Rules;
-    General Rules: introduction of High Diving; Swimming finals can only be swum in 8 lanes;
-    Swimming: new rules regarding early start and butterfly kick in breaststroke events; electronic lap counters for the races of 800m and 1500m free races may be used; the possibility of using a backstroke ledge was also introduced; rules governing the World Junior Records in 50m and 25m-pool were defined;
-    Open Water Swimming: obligation to touch the touch pad, if available, at the finish of a race in order to validate the time and ranking;
-    Diving: definition of rules for the newest Diving event, the mixed 3m and 10m synchro; minor changes in judging;
-    High Diving: definition of rules for the newest and sixth discipline, contested for the first time at the 2013 FINA World Championships;
-    Synchronised Swimming: introduction of mixed duet, in two new events (technical and free);
-    Water Polo: minor changes were made concerning the pressure of the balls, substitutions during the game, exclusion and penalty fouls;
-    Masters: minor adjustments in the swimming, open water and water polo rules;
-    Doping Control Rules: a new set of rules, in conformity with the WADA Code, was approved, and will be applicable from January 1, 2015;
-    Facilities Rules: amendments in Swimming (backstroke ledge) and Diving (platform material) facilities; set of new rules on High Diving facilities.

The FINA Extraordinary Congress - Photo credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia

“After this Congress, FINA has improved tools to continue developing its activities. We live in a very competitive sports market, and as a leading International Federation, we need to have the best possible rules to face the inevitable challenges in this area”, considered the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.