Tuesday, August 04, 2009

FINA bans bodysuits from 2010 but records to stand

The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) has amended its rules to ban all bodysuits from swimming from 2010, after world records were broken using new generation non-permeable swimsuits which critics allege provide an unfair advantage by aiding buoyancy. Records set using bodysuits will stand. As well as mandating that all swimsuits shall be 'constituted only by textile fabric', the 28 July FINA Bureau decision bans all male swimsuits extending 'above the navel' or 'below the knee', and for women 'shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor extend below knee'.
The full version of this article appears in the August edition of World Sports Law Report.



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