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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Thank god. That was so confusing.


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

Steve MacDonald

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


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

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

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