— Published 12 December 2022

FINA becomes World Aquatics

A page is turned for the International Swimming Federation (FINA). Meeting in an extraordinary congress on Monday, December 12 in Melbourne, during the World Championships in the small pool, it decided to change its name from 2023. The authority created in 1908 will take the name of World Aquatics. The proposal was approved by the vast majority of the delegates present in Australia, the vote gathering 175 votes for and only four against. The decision to change the name of FINA was preceded by a consultation with stakeholders, including swimmers. It revealed that more than 70% of the athletes were in favour of a more explicit and Anglo-Saxon name. With this new identity, swimming joins a long series of Olympic sports whose international authorities have chosen, during the last years, to change their name: athletics (IAAF becoming World Athletics), rowing (FISA / World Rowing), archery (FITA / World Archery), or rugby (IRB / World Rugby).