C 19 COMMITTEES
C 19.1 FINA shall have Technical Committees, Specialised Committees and FINA Judicial Panels.
C 19.1.1 The Technical Committees are:
a) the Swimming Committee consisting of 15 members,
b) the Open Water Swimming Committee consisting of 15 members,
c) the Diving Committee consisting of 15 members,
d) the Water Polo Committee consisting of 15 members,
e) the Synchronised Swimming Committee consisting of 15 members,
f) the Masters Committee consisting of 15 members.
C 19.1.2 The Specialised Committees are:
a) the Sports Medicine Committee consisting of 8 members,
b) the Doping Control Review Board (DCRB) consisting of 8 members,
c) the Athletes’ Committee consisting of up to 12 members,
d) the Coaches’ Committee consisting of up to 12 members,
e) the Finance Committee consisting of up to 4 members,
f) the National Federation Relations Committee consisting of up to 5 members,
g) the Development Committee consisting of up to 5 members,
h) the Legal Committee consisting of up to 5 members,
i) the Media Committee consisting of up to 10 members,
j) the Awards Committee consisting of up to 5 members,
k) the Marketing Committee consisting of up to 4 members,
l) the Swimwear Approval Committee consisting of up to 4 members,
m) the Facilities Committee consisting of up to 5 members.
C 19.1.3 The Judicial Panels are:
a) the Doping Panel consisting of 6 members,
b) the Disciplinary Panel consisting of 6 members,
c) he Ethics Panel consisting of 6 members.
C 19.2 The Bureau shall be entitled to nominate any kind of ad hoc committee or working commission when it is considered appropriate.
C 19.3 The members of the Technical Committees and the Specialised Committees shall be appointed by the Bureau at its first meeting, subject to the approval of the Member Federation to which each appointee is affiliated. Members appointed for a committee shall be from different Member Federations.
C 19.4 FINA Committee members shall serve at the discretion of the FINA Bureau and may be appointed for such number of successive terms as considered appropriate by the FINA Bureau. The chairman of each of the Technical and the Specialised Committees, except for the Sports Medicine Committee and DCRB, shall be appointed for a maximum of three (3) terms.
C 19.5 Members may nominate persons for consideration for appointment to a FINA Committee by providing notice of such nomination in writing, signed by the President of such Member, to FINA Office two (2) months prior to the commencement of the General Congress.
C 19.6 Nominated persons shall be:
C 19.6.1 in the case of a Technical Committee, those who are recognised experts in the respective discipline, capable of, and interested in, actively and regularly attending the meetings of such Technical Committee;
C 19.6.2 in the case of the Sports Medicine Committee, those who are qualified sports medicine physicians in active practice or academic positions with experience with Aquatic athletes and are capable of, and interested in, actively and regularly attending the meetings of the Sports Medicine Committee; and
C 19.6.3 in the case of any other FINA Committees, those who are knowledgeable in and skilled in the area for which the committee has been established, capable of, and interested in, actively and regularly attending the meetings of such committee.
C 19.7 From the members appointed to the Technical Committees, the Coaches’ Committee and the Sports Medicine Committee, the FINA Bureau shall appoint a Chair, a Vice- Chair and an Honorary Secretary for each such FINA Committee, and such individuals, together with the FINA Bureau Liaison (as defined in FINA Rule C 19.12), shall be known as the “Commission” for the respective FINA Committee. The Chairman of these Commissions shall be the FINA Bureau Liaison.
C 19.8 The Committees shall meet whenever there is business to be transacted, all meetings being subject to the approval of the Bureau.
C 19.9 The absolute majority of members (50% plus one member) shall form a quorum at any meeting of a FINA Committee.
C 19.10 Where a member of any Committee has been absent from two consecutive meetings without reasons acceptable to the Bureau, the Bureau shall have the right to declare that such a member has forfeited his membership. The Bureau according to C 17.13, C 19.3 and BL 5 shall then fill the vacancy.
C 19.11 The FINA Bureau shall have the authority to fill any vacancy which occurs through death, resignation or removal of any member of the Technical or Specialised Committee.
C 19.12 For any FINA Committee, the Bureau may appoint a Bureau member who shall serve as ex officio to the FINA Committee and ensure necessary communication between the Bureau and the committee. This person shall be known as the Bureau Liaison. The Bureau Liaison shall have the obligation of participating in the committee’s meetings and discussions and fairly and accurately representing the activities and decisions of the committee to the Bureau. The Bureau Liaison shall be an advocate for the committee regardless of his personal views.
C 19.13 For the purposes of membership on the Athletes Committee, all athletes on the Committee must have competed at the World Championships and/or Olympic Games for their country. In addition, each athlete must be a current athlete in the sport or be within 12 years of the date of their last competition at an Olympic Games or World Championships.
Athletes appointed to the Athletes Committee must represent five aquatic disciplines and all geographical regions.
The chairman of the Athletes Committee shall be proposed by the President and confirmed by the Bureau.
C 19.14 All recommendations or decisions made by any FINA Committee, except decisions of the Judicial Panels, require the approval of the Bureau before becoming effective.