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FINA APPROVES LIMITS ON SWIMSUIT TECHNOLOGY

25 Jul 2009
World governing body FINA has approved proposals to limit high-tech swimsuits from January 2010.

At the FINA congress in Rome, home to this summer's World Championships, delegates passed a rule, after the initial proposal was tabled by US Swimming, stipulating that suits should only be made from 'textiles'.

This is expected to lead to a ban on materials such as polyurethane, which is said to aid buoyancy and performance. However, the term will be clarified at a FINA bureau meeting this autumn..

The legislation was passed as a general rule by 173 of 180 federations taking part in the congress and then, following a motion from British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes, was accepted as part of FINA's bylaws to ensure change is easier in the future.

The new rule states: "No swimmer shall be permitted to use or wear any device or swimsuit that may aid his speed, buoyancy or endurance during and competition.”

It also states that male swimsuits should cover from the waist to the knee and that female suits should not extend beyond the shoulders or below the knee.

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For further details contact Dave Richards, British Swimming Media Manager, on 01509 632237, 0778 992 6136 or email dave.richards@swimming.org

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