FINA Renames Synchronized Swimming

FINA, the world governing body for 6 aquatic disciplines including synchronized swimming, has renamed that sport to ‘artistic swimming.’

As part of its general congress today, with 176 federations represented, FINA voted to change the name of the sport. There has long been confusion about what “synchronized” meant, with the general public believing it meant “synchronized with one another” (as is the case in synchronized diving). Instead, it was always implied to mean “synchronized with the music.” The name change should provide less confusion at least in that area.

 

 

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Horninco
4 years ago

Thank god. That was so confusing.

CBswims
4 years ago

When I saw the head line first thought was, “SwimSwam is dipping into The Onion territory?”

Steve MacDonald
4 years ago

Are they mad! Doesn’t sound like a sport anymore. Stupid people.

Aramis
Reply to  Steve MacDonald
4 years ago

Why do You speak in this way ? The change is correct, friend. Now, many peoples understand what is the meanning of this acuatic sport, you know.

Synchro swimmer
Reply to  Steve MacDonald
4 years ago

I agree now it sounds like a joke! Synchro is one of the most difficult sports why would they do this

Swimmer
4 years ago

Fina being extraordinarily annoying with all these useless and stupid changes.

Obstacle Number 2
4 years ago

I know nothing about Synchronized Swimming. I admire it. It’s beautiful and obviously requires strength, timing, balance etc. What a bonehead move. I will never call it Artistic Swimming. Never. LOL

G.I.N.A
4 years ago

What is the problem? Ppl here just want to complain about Fina .
There are several disciplines of gymnastics – artistic , acro & aerobic & trampoline & rhythmic .
I’m pretty sure the sport asked for the change .

Steve MacDonald
Reply to  G.I.N.A
4 years ago

I bet they didn’t!

Lisa
Reply to  G.I.N.A
4 years ago

No. The sport DID NOT ask for the change.

Aquatics
4 years ago

Was this really necessary?…

Shayla Mosley
4 years ago

This makes me realy mad!! artistic swimming sounds easy but SYNCRO is a beutifful wonderfull conditioning hard sport! why change it at all! rant over

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