Barring Of Spanish 16-Year-Olds From Euro S/C Highlights Age-Limit Inconsistency

The cases of Alzain Teraq (main image), Cesar Castro, (left inset) and Hugo Gonzalez highlight the inconsistency in international rules on age limits in swimming

The barring of two Spanish 16-year-olds from competing at the European Short-Course Championships highlights the inconsistency of international policies when it comes to aquatic sports, the European body run by the same people who play key roles in FINA, the global body that allowed a 10-year-old nowhere close to being inside any limit time nor anything that reflected an outstanding talent among her age peers worldwide to race at world titles this year

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The barring of two Spanish 16-year-olds from competing at the European Short-Course Championships highlights the inconsistency of international policies when it comes to aquatic sports, the European body run by the same people who play key roles in FINA, the global body that allowed a 10-year-old nowhere close to being inside any limit time nor anything that reflected an outstanding talent among her age peers worldwide to race at world titles this year

Comments

Linny

I thought it was daft when Olympic silver medallist Gyurta (as he was then) was too young to compete at European Juniors the following year when he was 16
because of LEN’s minimum ages which applied equally to senior and junior events.

16 would now be fine for a young man to compete at European Juniors and I had assumed that the recent change to the age bands for junior swimming in Europe had also reduced the lower age limit for senior LEN swimming events to match them (as was the case before).

To keep them as they were for senior events seems very silly indeed. I can’t see where their rules say this either? I can only see the new minimum ages ie 14 for women and 15 for men.

aswimfan

LEN is such a joke.

Can you imagine if swimmers such as Thorpe and Phelps were European when they were 15. A world champion or WR holder would have been banned to swim in a continental championships because they were too young!

Jorge Abril

Surreal.

Craig, you say “according with the Spanish media…”, but I haven’t read any article about this…

Craig Lord

Jorge: AS, Diario de Madrid (main references) and three other media outlets (passing reference). Have added a link to one report. We will hear LEN’s take tomorrow…

Linny

Thank you for adding in the rule reference Craig because that is the only one that I can find too and it was that same E14.4 that stipulated the old minimum ages (as it was – E 14.4 The minimum ages for competitors at LEN Events are: a) Swimming, Men: 17 years, Women: 15 years.) that has been changed.

I suspect (although only time will tell) that either the press have it wrong, the Spanish have it wrong or the LEN official who issued the Spanish with the information got it wrong and if the Spanish Federation insist, then these young men will surely be allowed to swim. Just because that is what the rules say.

Seems sensible to me anyway…..unlike having an ordinary 10 year old swimming in a world championships, but that is another story.

Craig Lord

Thanks Linny. Have tried to get someone at LEN today without success. Will run a response with the actual stance of LEN as soon as able.

Jorge Abril

Total confusion

Craig Lord

Yes, it’s all about as clear as the different age limits in different federations and parts of the world – most of it decided by the same people, Jorge. As I said, it should become clearer tomorrow. LEN usually good at responding… it’s Sunday …

Craig Lord

File now updated, Jorge: January 1 is when the new rule kicks in so under current rule, 17 years for boys, they can’t race…

Craig Lord

File now updated, Linny: January 1 is when the new rule kicks in so under current rule, 17 years for boys, they can’t race…

Linny

I think the Executive Director’s comments are all fair.

I can also see that a continental organisation can’t make a decision in March that affects who is eligible to swim at their championships in June when the swimmers who might be swimming then may have already been decided. To wait until the following January though to implement any change is labouring the point but if that was the decision then albeit that isthat was the decision albeit that isn’t very clear now in November.

Linny

Thank you Craig for clearing that particular bit up!!

aswimfan

I am glad Pan Pacs is not yet as draconian as the europeans!

Astrid van Hest

The Dutch federation is also on it as 16 year old Nyls Korstanje also qualified this weekend! They are in contact with the LEN. Let us hope they all can race next month!

Craig Lord

Thanks Astrid.

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