The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)
Founded in 1908, The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) is the world governing body for Aquatics. The official FINA disciplines are swimming, water polo, diving, artistic swimming, open water swimming, and high diving. High diving was first incorporated into official FINA competitions at the 2013 FINA World Championships. Currently FINA comprises 209 National Member Federations across five continents.
- Established: 19 July 1908 during the Olympic Games in London
- Headquartered: Lausanne, Switzerland
- President: Dr. Julio Maglione (2009 to present)
- Member Countries: 209 national federations
- Number of Aquatic Disciplines: 6
- World Championships: Since 1973, FINA has organised 18 World Championship editions
- FINA President: Husain Al Musallam (2021 to present)
Since 1973, FINA has organised its World Championships featuring swimming, diving, high diving (from 2013), water polo, artistic swimming and open water swimming (since 1991). So far 18 FINA World Championships have been held, with the 19th Championships scheduled to take place in Fukuoka, Japan, in 2021.
FINA is founded in London, UK with eight nations: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary and Sweden.
The first’s women’s contest in aquatic events is held at the Stockholm Olympic Games.
The first Committee for Olympic Business is created at the FINA Congress, tasked with creating an Officials’ list for future Olympic Games.
FINA creates the FINA International Water Polo Board. The IOC accepted FINA’s proposal to hold Swimming and Diving events in separate pools.
The FINA International Diving Committee is created.
The first indoor Olympic pool is used for swimming events at the London Olympic Games. FINA recommends the use of these pools for all future events.
Butterfly swimming events are introduced into the Melbourne Olympic Games.
The first set of rules are introduced for FINA’s newest discipline – synchronised swimming.
Electronic timing is used for the first time at the Mexico City Olympic Games.
The first FINA World Championships in Belgrade is staged featuring Swimming, Water Polo, Diving and Synchronised Swimming.
Synchronised Swimming is introduced into the Olympic programme at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.
FINA opens it's first permanent office in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Open Water Swimming is added to the World Championship programme, and World Records become recognized in 25m pools.
The first edition of the FINA World Swimming Championship (25m) is staged at Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Women's Water Polo and Synchronized Diving enter the Olympic programme for the Sydney 2020 Olympic Games.
Marathon Swimming (10km) is included in the Olympic programme for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
FINA organizes the first edition of the FINA World Aquatics Convention in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
High diving is included in the FINA World Championships programme in Barcelona, Spain for the first time.
Doha hosts the 12th edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
Abu Dhabi wins the rights to host the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2020, marking the first time the event will be hosted in the UAE's capital.
'Synchronized Swimming' is renamed to 'Artistic Swimming' at the FINA Congress.
On 19 July, FINA celebrates its 110th anniversary by officially inaugurating it's new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Captain Husain Al Musallam is elected FINA President in Doha during the FINA General Congress 2021.