Shanghai 2011 - Substitutions, Withdrawals and Protests

13.1 – Substitution
Any entered competitor may be substituted by another entered competitor at the Technical Meeting. It is mandatory for the Team Managers of the Federations to take part in the Technical Meeting (GR 7.1)


13.2 – Withdrawal
In all competitions except water polo, a competitor or team not wishing to take part in a semi-final or final in which qualification was earned shall withdraw within thirty (30) minutes following the preliminaries or the semi-finals of the event in which the qualification took place. The Member Federation of any competitor who withdraws from the heats/preliminary rounds after the Team Leaders Meeting or from a semi-final or final more than thirty (30) minutes after the preliminaries or semi-finals of the event in which qualification was earned, shall pay without excuse to the Honorary Treasurer the sum of one-hundred (100) Swiss francs; in case of a relay, duet, team or combination, the sum shall be two-hundred (200) Swiss francs (GR 7.2)
If a team withdraws from a FINA Water Polo event any time after the draw has been concluded, and without the approval of the Management Committee, then that team will be sanctioned by the Bureau with an economic sanction of 8,000 Swiss Francs, from which 6,000 Swiss Francs goes to the Organiser, and suspension from all competitions for a minimum period of three months up to a maximum period of two years (GR 7.3)

13.3 – Protests
Protests are possible (GR 9.2.1):
a) if the rules and regulations for the conduct of the competition are not observed,
b) if other conditions endanger the competitions and/or competitors, or
c) against decisions of the referee; however, no protest shall be allowed against decisions of fact.

Protest must be submitted (GR 9.2.2):
(a) To the referee,
(b) In writing on FINA Forms,
(c) By the responsible team leader,
(d) Together with a deposit of 100 Swiss Francs or its equivalent, and
(e) Within 30 minutes following the conclusion of the respective event (swimming: heats or semi-finals and finals; diving: preliminaries, semi-finals or finals; synchronised swimming: figures, routine, preliminaries or finals; diving: each event) or match (water polo).

If conditions causing a potential protest are noted prior to the event a protest must be lodged before the signal to start is given.