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International Swimming
Fédération Internationale de Natation
Jurisdiction International
Founded19 July 1908;113 years ago (1908-07-19)
Affiliation Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
President Husain Al-Musallam
Official website


FINA (French : Fédération internationale de natation, English : International Swimming Federation [lower-alpha 1] ) is the international federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) [1] for administering international competitions in water sports. It is one of several international federations which administer a given sport or discipline for the IOC and international community. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.


FINA currently oversees competition in six aquatics sports: swimming, diving, high diving, artistic swimming, [2] [3] water polo, and open water swimming. [4] FINA also oversees "Masters" competition (for adults) in its disciplines. [4]

On 24 July 2009, Julio Maglione of Uruguay was elected FINA President. [5]


FINA was founded on 19 July 1908 in the Manchester Hotel in London, UK at the end of the 1908 Summer Olympics by the Belgian, British, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian and Swedish Swimming Federations. [6]

Number of national federations by year:


At the June 2017, FINA Bureau meeting, Bhutan became the 208th national federation of FINA. [8] and on 30 November 2017, Anguilla became the 209th national federation of FINA [9] Members are grouped by continent, and there are 5 continental associations of which they can choose to be a member:

World Map FINA.svg

Note: The number following each continental name is the number of FINA members which fall into the given geographical area. It is not necessarily the number of members in the continental association.


The FINA membership meets every four years, usually coinciding with the World Championships. There are two types of normal or "ordinary" congress: General and Technical. FINA's highest authority is the General Congress. Any technical issues concerning FINA's five aquatic disciplines are decided by the Technical Congress. Each Congress has two voting members from each Member federation, plus the following non-voting members: the 22 members of the Bureau, the Honorary Life President, and all Honorary Members. The Technical Congress has the following additional non-voting members: all members from the respective Technical Committees. [10] "Extraordinary" Congresses are also called from time to time, to deal with a specific topic or area of concern (e.g. an Extraordinary Congress was held with the 2009 World Championships to review the Masters swimming rules; there was a General Congress at the 2009 Worlds [11] ). All Congress meetings are chaired by FINA's president. [10]

Between Congress meetings of the entire membership, a smaller 22-member representative board, called the FINA Bureau, meets to act in a timely manner on items which cannot wait until the entire body can meet. It is the Bureau that elects the FINA Executive Officers. [12]

Various committees and commission also help with the oversight of individual disciplines (e.g. the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee helps with open water), or topic-related issues (e.g. the FINA Doping Panel). [13]


Each presidential term is four years, beginning and concluding with the year following the Summer Olympics (i.e., 2018-2021 is the current term).

1954 Honorary President Ing. Ladislav Hauptmann - Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) - President LEN (1948 - 1950) and FINA official.

FINA Presidents
George Hearn Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 19081924
Erik Bergvall Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 19241928
Émile-Georges Drigny Flag of France.svg  France 19281932
Walther Binner Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 19321936
Harold Fern Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 19361948 (*)
Rene de Raeve Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 19481952
M.L. Negri Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 19521956
Jan de Vries Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 19561960
Max Ritter Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 19601964
William Berge Phillips Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 19641968
Javier Ostos Mora [14] Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 19681972
Dr. Harold Henning Flag of the United States.svg  United States 19721976
Javier Ostos Mora (2nd term) [14] Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 19761980
Ante Lambaša Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 19801984
Robert Helmick Flag of the United States.svg  United States 19841988
Mustapha Larfaoui Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 19882009
Dr. Julio Maglione Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 20092021
Husain Al-Musallam Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 2021–present


2008 FINA World Cup swimming at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre FINA World Cup 2008 (3971014642).jpg
2008 FINA World Cup swimming at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

FINA organizes one championship involving each of the five disciplines it oversees (the "World Championships"), as well as championships and circuits in each of the disciplines. [15]

World Aquatics Championships

The biggest FINA event is the biennial World Aquatics Championships, currently held every odd year. It features competitions in all five aquatic disciplines. Prior to 2000, the event was held every 4 years, in the even year between (Summer) Olympic Games.

Discipline championships

Discipline world cups

In addition to the championships events listed above, FINA also organizes the following events:

Junior championships

World-level championships restricted to a younger age, with the age limit varying by discipline and gender:


Soul Cap

In 2021, FINA came under criticism for not approving the use at the Olympics of the Soul Cap, a brand of swimming caps designed for natural Black hair. [16] FINA said the caps did not fit “the natural form of the head” and to their “best knowledge the athletes competing at the international events never used, neither require … caps of such size and configuration." [16] . After receiving criticism about racism, FINA announced that they would review their decision. [17] [ needs update ]

See also


  1. Official name in French. See Overview page of FINA's Constitution (page visited on 11 April 2016).

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The Swedish Swimming Federation is the national federation for Aquatics in body of Swimming in Sweden, as well as the other Aquatics sports: diving, synchronized swimming, water polo and open water swimming. It was founded on 23 March 1904 and is a member of LEN and FINA.

FINA World Masters Championships

The FINA World Masters Championships is an international Aquatics championships for adults. The championships is held biennially, with competition in all five of FINA's disciplines: Swimming, Diving, Water polo, Open water swimming, and Synchronized swimming. Starting in 2015, the competition will be held jointly with the FINA World Aquatics Championships.

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Confederación Sudamericana de Natación

Confederación Sudamericana de Natación (CONSANAT) is the South American Swimming Confederation, which oversees international aquatics competitions among South American countries. It is affiliated to FINA, the international federation for swimming, via ASUA, the swimming continental association for the Americas.

The French Swimming Federation is a French law association of 1901, founded in February 1919, grouping the sports swimming clubs, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, diving and French water polo, which organizes the national competitions and the selection of French teams. In 2017, the Federation has 316,905 members. The FFN is a member of the European Swimming League (LEN) and the International Swimming Federation (Fina). Since April 2017, the FFN is chaired by Gilles Sezionale.

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