Swimming Australia CEO Confirms No World C’ships Broadcast Deal


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As a follow-up to a story we’ve been covering since June concerning a broadcasting deal yet to be struck between FINA and Australian media outlets, Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell confirmed today that there will indeed be no such deal.

“Understanding that a broadcast deal couldn’t be reached in AUS for the Worlds, we were working to get a livestream up through our iSwim app. Unfortunately, we can’t complete technical requirements in the tiny timeframe given,” Russell tweeted today, July 19th concerning the situation.

“Australians can still view the racing through by downloading the FINA TV app and keep up to date with our Dolphins results via

Aside from 2013, this marks the first time since 1986 that the world’s biggest aquatic competition outside the Olympics has not been broadcast in Australia.

You can read our previous coverage on this situation here:

Updated since original publishing:

  • FINA would like to clarify that Swimming Australia will stream all Swimming sessions on their iSwim app, free of charge. The iSwim app is only available for download in Australia.
  • Moreover, FINAtv is showing all the disciplines from the FINA World Championships, both live and on-demand, and is available on subscription in Australia.

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Andy Dwyer

Is it right that you can’t even get live results at Omega Livetiming anymore? On their website I’m requested to subscribe for a considerable amount of money.

FINA is greedy


Thank goodness for swimswam then.

Steve Nolan

lol wait, really? And those were HORRIBLE – I do not want to download an individual PDF every time I wanna see a race result, no.


Anyone know if there will be a paywall to view in the US?


It will be on the Olympic channel


Wow, pity for Aussies…

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