FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) is the world governing body for the six aquatic disciplines: swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming, open water swimming, and high diving. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In March 2014, under the presidency of Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA comprises 207 National Member Federations in the five continents.
FINA has the following objectives:
• to promote and encourage the development of Aquatics in all possible regards throughout the world,
• to provide fair and drug free sport,
• to promote and encourage the development of international relations,
• to encourage participation in Aquatics disciplines at all levels throughout the world regardless of age, gender or race,
• to adopt necessary uniform rules and regulations and to hold competitions
• in Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming, and Masters,
• to promote and organise World Championships and other FINA competitions,
• to encourage the increase of facilities for Aquatics’ disciplines throughout the world with the support of other
• interested parties, and
• to carry out such other activities as may be desirable to promote the sport.
FINA and its aquatic disciplines are also a pillar of the Olympic Movement and give a decisive contribution to the success of the Games. Swimming is part of the Olympic programme since 1896, Water Polo became the first team sport in the Games in 1900, and Diving made its appearance in 1904. Eighty years later, in 1984, Synchronised Swimming joined the Olympic “club”, while Marathon Swimming (10km race for men and women) is included in the Olympic programme since 2008.