FINA statement on the Dubai (UAE) and Doha (QAT) meets

Below is a FINA statement on the Dubai (UAE) and Doha (QAT) meets in reaction to the Israeli Flag being wiped from television graphics and other incidents of discrimination. SwimSwam has been in contact with FINA since the incidents occurred. It was clear FINA was responding quickly. It was also clear that FINA must work with many partners to produce and distribute elite swimming competitions globally, and that FINA was continually working to improve and insure quality control of the broadcast feed.  See FINA release below.

Lausanne (SUI), October 23, 2013 – Following the recent incidents with the delegation of Israel at the FINA Swimming World Cup meets in Dubai (UAE, October 17-18) and in Doha (QAT, October 20-21), FINA would like to clarify that:

  1. Prior to the above mentioned competitions, FINA took all the necessary steps, in co-operation with our member National Federations in UAE and Qatar, to ensure the delivery of visas and participation of the Israeli delegation in Dubai and Doha meets. Moreover, FINA also ensured that optimal conditions were provided in terms of hospitality, accommodation, meals, transportation and security. This has been highly appreciated by the Israeli national team;
  2. Both in Dubai and Doha, FINA immediately reacted in accordance with its rules. In UAE, the incidents of the first day were not repeated in the following sessions, while in Doha FINA was only informed on these occurrences 15 minutes prior to the end of the second day finals’ session. Once more, FINA promptly reacted and the medal ceremony involving one athlete from Israel and the end of the session respected all the FINA rules;
  3. Finally, FINA gave a warning to the Organisers of the two FINA Swimming World Cup meets and recalled them that the FINA rules must be equally applied by all FINA National Federations. Moreover, FINA guarantees that all steps will be taken in the future for such acts not to occur again, namely in the 2014 edition of the FINA Swimming World Cup in Dubai and Doha, and during the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Doha from December 3-7, 2014.

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I just watched one of the races online where Barnea is swimming.
The stadium announcer doesn’t say which country he’s from. Who told him to do that??
The pool flag of Israel is whitewashed (literally)
Fina knew this would happen, but they scared.
arab money talks.

Philip Johnson

Also in 2010 at the Short Course Championships in the UAE, Israeli swimmers had their visas delayed and barely made it into the competition on time. Politics and athletics should never be intertwined and shame on the countries that can’t make that distinction.


Anyone defending these Arab countries on this one is a sure-fire LIEberal. This political nonsense has no place in swimming.

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