FINA Bureau Meeting Jan 2010 – Main decisions

14-15 January 2010 – Bangkok

The following information from the January meeting will be of interest to open water swimmers:

6. Open Water Swimming:
– launch of a team event (one man, one woman team time trial), starting from the 2011 edition of the FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN)
– creation of a FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, starting in 2012 which will replace the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships (last edition to be held in 2010, in Roberval, Canada). The Open Water Discipline is included in the FINA World Championships Programme to be held in odd years (2011, etc).

10. Anti-doping programme:
– investigate the introduction of the “biological passport” for athletes
– re-analysis of the samples collected in Roma with the occasion of the FINA World Championships Rome 2009 to search the presence of plasticizers
– considering the possibility to store the samples collected during FINA World Championships for future analysis for a minimum of 8 years

11. Coaches Commission:
– launch of a “FINA Coaches’ Educational Programme”, as an addition to the already existing FINA Development Programme
– establish a FINA Swimming Coaches Certification Programme and considering further extension of this programme to all FINA disciplines
– as per the FINA Legal Commission Report the world records will stand as established in accordance with existing FINA Rules

kamrau12. Athletes Commission:
– election of two new members: Britta Kamrau-Corestein (GER, open water swimming – pictured) and Virginie Dedieu (FRA, synchronised swimming)
– the proposal for an athletes’ commission representative to attend Bureau meetings (without vote) was not accepted as this will be in violation of the FINA Constitution Rules.

14. Swimwear:
– Open Water: from June 1, 2010 Open Water Swimwear, for both Men and Women, shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor shall extend below the ankle. All Open Water swimsuits shall comply with the FINA Criteria for Materials and Approval Procedures. Until June 2010, the 2009 models can be used in order to protect the athlete from sunburn, jellyfish etc.
– Masters: the same swimwear regulations as per pool swimming will be applied from January 15, 2010.

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