The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) was founded 19 July 1908 during the Olympic Games in London (GBR). Eight national federations were responsible for the formation of FINA: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary and Sweden.
Since 1973, FINA organises World Championships with a programme that includes Swimming, Diving, High Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming. The next editions will take place in Budapest (HUN, 2017) and Gwangju (KOR, 2019).
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.
In September 2015, under the presidency of Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA comprises 207 National Member Federations in the five continents. The principal objectives are the following:
Today, FINA controls the development of the following aquatic events:
Official FINA Partners: