PR 9 - FINA Bureau Declaration

Press Release

Lausanne (SUI), February 13, 2015 - At its meeting in Lausanne (SUI) on February 12, 2015 the FINA Bureau unanimously made the following Declaration regarding participation of National Federations in FINA events:

“Acknowledging the United Nations resolution adopted by consensus at the 69th regular session of the UN General Assembly in New York “recognising that major sport events should be organised in the spirit of peace, mutual understanding, friendship, tolerance and inadmissibility of discrimination of any kind and that the unifying and conciliative nature of such events should be respected, as recognised by fundamental principle 6 of the Olympic Charter”;

Acknowledging the Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter specifying that “any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement”;

Recalling FINA’s Constitutional Rule C 4 prohibiting any form of discrimination against National Federation or individuals on the grounds of race, gender, religion, or political affiliations and FINA’s Constitutional Rule C 8.2.7 on the obligation of its members “to participate in international Aquatics’ Competitions especially in the FINA World Championships”;

Recalling Rule IV.1 of the FINA Code of Ethics affirming that “no discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, or political opinion shall be tolerated”;

The FINA Bureau makes a strong appeal to the participation of its 208 National Federations at FINA events. The strength and popularity of our Sport, Aquatics, is based on the values of Universality, Excellence, Friendship and Fair-Play. That is why FINA does not tolerate any form of political motivation to justify the non-participation in our events, as this is clearly incompatible with the FINA Rules, the Olympic Charter, the Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly and the values of Aquatic sport.”

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