Sunday, July 19, 2009

FINA Open Water Swimming Congress

Sid Cassidy chaired the FINA Open WAter Swimming Technical Congress where the following four major decisions were discussed and approved:

1. In terms of officials, there will now be a Chief Referee (one per race), a Chief Judge and a Chief Finish Judge. The assignments for these three positions were defined in the rules.

The Chief Referee has the authority to intervene at any stage of the competition to ensure that the FINA rules are observed.

The Chief Judge shall record and communicate any decision received from the Referees during the competition.

2. Coaching and the giving of instructions by the approved swimmer's representatives on the feeding platform or in the escort safety craft are permitted.

3. From now on, all swimmers shall have their competition numbers clearly displayed in waterproof ink on their upper back, arms and hands.

4. When automatic timing system is being used, the microchip transponder technology must also provide split times during the race.

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