Fina Future

FINA, the Federation International de Natation Amateur. Is it fit for purpose and are those in leadership positions fit to lead? Or are they letting the sport down? A wave of blunders and bad decisions in recent years, several notable examples from the past 12 months, have prompted leading coaches and athletes to ask: can FINA be repaired or is it time to replace the organisation that was created in 1908 but no longer appears to serves its constituency more than it serves its leadership.

A tipping point has been reached. Bill Sweetenham has suggested a way forward for the sport: FINA hold submit to independent review; open its books as the no-profit organisation it claims to be; and work to reform itself for he benefit of swimming. The World Swimming Association stands in the wings ready to replace FINA as the global federation for swimming. FINA would be left with diving, water polo and synchronised swimming as its key assets.

In this section, we collate all articles features and editorial related to the political crisis in swimming and the campaign for better and more accountable governance of the sport.