The world’s aquatic governing body, FINA, has just announced the approval of six new proposals under review at the organization’s Extraordinary Congress held in Kazan, Russia before the start of the 2015 World Championships. The new amendments can be read in full here, but there are a few controversial proposals that will no doubt draw further fire from some in the swimming community.
Earlier this morning, SwimSwam’s Loretta Race reported that FINA abolished age limits and approved changed the rule allowing third terms for the President, First Vice President and Honorary Treasurer.
In addition to those changes, they also approved the addition of the First Vice President position, and appointed Husain Al Mussallam of Kuwait as the First Vice President. Al Mussallam is from Kuwait and is the Director General of the Olympic Council of Asia.
Al Mussallam’s home country of Kuwait hasn’t had as much success in the pool, however. At the 2012 Olympics, they didn’t have anybody finish higher than 36th at the 2012 Olympics, and the athlete who placed 36th was trained in the United States. Additionally, 2012 was the first time Kuwait sent a female swimmer to represent their country at the Olympics.