— Published 9 September 2021

A jackpot for small nations

FINA is breaking its piggy bank. One month to the day after the end of the Tokyo Games, it announced on Wednesday, September 8th, its decision to increase the number of scholarships available for swimmers and divers from the least developed countries. In total, FINA’s programme for the 2021-2022 season will have 140 scholarships, to be distributed among athletes in racing, diving and open water swimming. The aim is to financially help athletes qualify for the 2021 World Short Course Swimming Championships (25m), scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi (UAE), and the 2022 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. With 140 scholarships available, FINA will allocate its largest grant since the programme was created in 2015. At the Tokyo Games, 62 athletes with scholarships qualified in swimming and diving (57 swimmers and 5 divers). The application procedure for the scholarship programme opened on Monday, September 6th. It will close on September 26th.