GR 9 OLYMPIC GAMES, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m) AND GENERAL RULES FOR FINA COMPETITIONS

General Rules 2009-2013

GR 9.1 Organisation

GR 9.1.1 FINA alone shall have the right to organise World Championships and other FINA competitions for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming, and Open Water Swimming. The words World and FINA may not be used in connection with any Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming, or Open Water Swimming event without the consent of FINA.

GR 9.1.2 The national flags of the countries of the competitors placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shall be raised and the national anthem (abbreviated, as stated in the Olympic Charter) of the country of the champion in the individual and team competitions shall be played. This Rule does not apply to Masters Championships.

GR 9.1.3 The Bureau is empowered to formulate all rules and regulations for the conduct of such competitions. All regulations set by the Bureau must be announced and published one year prior to the opening day of the competition.

GR 9.2 Protests

GR 9.2.1 Protests are possible

(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.

GR 9.2.2 Protest must be submitted

(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 or match.

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

GR 9.2.3 All protests shall be considered by the referee. If he rejects the protest, he must state the reasons for his decision. The team leader may appeal the rejection to the Jury of Appeal whose decision shall be final. In Olympic Games and World Championships the Commission in each discipline shall consider the protest and give recommendations to the Jury of Appeal.

GR 9.2.4 If the protest is rejected, the deposit will be forfeited to the management body of the competition. If the protest is upheld, the deposit will be returned.

GR 9.2.5 In Diving, an oral complaint may be made by the competitor or a responsible team official immediately after the execution of a dive, a round of dives, or a section of the contest. If the complaint is not accepted, a formal protest may be made as in GR 9.2.2.

GR 9.3 Jury of Appeal

GR 9.3.1 For Olympic Games and World Championships, the Jury of Appeal shall be composed of the Bureau Members and Honorary Members present with the President or in his absence a Vice President, as Chairman. For all other FINA competitions, the Jury of Appeal shall be the FINA delegate together with any Bureau Members or members of the appropriate Technical Committee present, with the delegate as chairman. Each member shall have one vote, except as provided hereunder, and in case of equality of voting, the Chairman has a casting vote.

GR 9.3.2 A jury member is allowed to speak, but not to vote, on a case in which the interest of his own Federation is involved. A jury member having acted as an official is not allowed to vote on a case if there is a protest against his decision or on his interpretation of a Rule. In case of urgency, the jury may vote on a matter even if it has not been possible to call all the members. The decision of the jury is final.

GR 9.4 Management Committee

GR 9.4.1 The actual management of all Olympic Games and World Championship contests shall be under the control of FINA.

GR 9.4.2 For the Olympic Games and the World Championships the FINA Bureau shall be the Management Committee. Management Committees for FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, FINA World Masters Championships, FINA World Junior Championships in Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming and any other FINA Championship or competition shall be appointed by the FINA Executive.

GR 9.4.3 The Management Committee shall have the power, if they think it advisable, to add one representative of the country holding the Olympic Games or World Championships.

GR 9.4.4 The Management Committee shall be responsible for the entire management of the competition, including the arrangement of the programme of events and the appointment of officials.

GR 9.4.5 Should any member of the Management Committee be absent from the Olympic Games or World Championships, the remaining members shall have the power to appoint substitutes, if necessary. Twelve members shall constitute a quorum.

GR 9.4.6 When the Management Committee is acting as Jury of Appeal, Rule GR 9.3 shall apply.

GR 9.5 Commissions

GR 9.5.1 For each discipline in the Olympic Games and World Championships a commission shall be appointed consisting of the respective Technical Delegate (Bureau Liaison) and Chairman and Honorary Secretary of each respective Technical Committee.

GR 9.5.2 Subject to the supervision of the FINA Bureau, the Commissions shall be responsible for:
a) the conduct of the competition in the respective discipline.
b) the control of all technical equipment and installations prior to and during the event
c) making rosters for officials
d) investigating cases of protest as preparation for the Jury of Appeal.

GR 9.6 Programming

GR 9.6.1 Programme of Events
(* Indicates event conducted only at World Championships at present.)

GR 9.6.1.1 Swimming - World Championships (25m)


Men Women
Freestyle 50m, 100m, 200m 50m, 100m, 200m

400m, 1500m 400m, 800m
Backstroke 50m, 100m, 200m 50m, 100m, 200m
Breaststroke 50m, 100m, 200m 50m, 100m, 200m
Butterfly 50m, 100m, 200m 50m, 100m, 200m
Ind. Medley 100m, 200m, 400m 100m, 200m, 400m
Relays :

Freestyle 4x100m, 4x200m 4x100m, 4x200m
Medley 4x100m 4x100m

Only entry times achieved in 25m pools will be accepted.

Heats, semi-finals, and finals may be swum using 10 lanes.

GR 9.6.1.2 Swimming - World Championships (50m)


Men Women
Freestyle 50m, 100m, 200m 50m, 100m, 200m

400m, 800m*, 1500m 400m, 800m, 1500m*
Backstroke 50m*, 100m, 200m 50m*, 100m, 200m
Breaststroke 50m*, 100m, 200m 50m*, 100m, 200m
Butterfly 50m*, 100m, 200m 50m*, 100m, 200m
Ind. Medley 200m, 400m 200m, 400m
Relays :

Freestyle 4x100m, 4x200m 4x100m, 4x200m
Medley 4x100m 4x100m

Only entry times achieved in 50m pools will be accepted

Heats, semi-finals, and finals may be swum using 10 lanes.

GR 9.6.1.3 Diving


Men Women
Springboard 1m*, 3m 1m*, 3m
Platform 10m 10m
Synchronised 3m, 10m 3m, 10m

GR 9.6.1.4 Water Polo

Men Women

GR 9.6.1.5 Synchronised Swimming

Women

Solo*
Duet
Team
Combination*

GR 9.6.1.6 Open Water Swimming

Men Women
25 kilometres* 25 kilometres*
10 kilometres 10 kilometres
5 kilometres* 5 kilometres*

GR 9.6.2 Once fixed, the standard daily programme of events may be altered only by FINA Management Committee, and then under exceptional circumstances. Notice of any alteration must be posted on the Official Bulletin Board, at least twenty four hours before the alteration is to come into operation.

GR 9.6.3 The competitions at the Olympic Games shall take place during the dates to be fixed by the International Olympic Committee and FINA jointly. There shall be morning, afternoon, and evening sessions.

GR 9.6.4 The competitions at the World Championships shall take place during the dates to be fixed by the FINA Bureau.There shall be morning, afternoon, and evening sessions.

GR 9.6.5 Exhibitions or displays outside the usual Olympic Games or World Championships programmes are not desirable and may no t be held during these contests, unless authorised by FINA.

GR 9.7 Awards – World Championships

GR 9.7.1 Medals: Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals shall be awarded to the first three places in individual events and team final competitions.
Diplomas:
Using 8 lanes in Swimming: Diplomas are awarded to all eight finalists in individual events and to the first six finalists in team competitions.
Using 10 lanes in Swimming: Diplomas are awarded to all 10 finalists in individual events and to the first eight finalists in team competitions.

GR 9.7.2 In team competitions, except for relays in swimming, all members of the team shall receive medals.

GR 9.7.2.1 In Swimming, in case of equal times, medals shall be awarded as follows:
1st place: 2 Gold – no Silver, 1 Bronze
2nd place: 1 Gold, 2 Silver – no Bronze
3rd place: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze

GR 9.7.2.2 In case of 3 equal times medals shall be awarded as follows:
1st place: 3 Gold – no Silver, no Bronze
2nd place: 1 Gold, 3 Silver – no Bronze
3rd place: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze

GR 9.7.3 In swimming relays when preliminaries are swum, medals or diplomas shall be awarded to those swimmers who have participated in the heats or the final.

GR 9.8 Scores

Only in World Championships points are awarded to all finalists, according to the following point distribution:

GR 9.8.1 Swimming
Individual using 8 lanes:
Places 1 – 16: 18,16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points

Relays using 8 lanes:
Places 1 – 8: 36, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20 points.

Individual using 10 lanes:
Places 1 – 20: 22,20,19,18,17,16,15,14,13,12,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

Relays using 10 lanes:
Places 1 – 10: 40,36,34,32,30,28,26,24,22,20

A trophy shall be awarded to the top scoring team. Trophies shall be given to the top scoring male and female based upon the following:
First Place 5 points
Second Place 3 points
Third Place 2 points
Fourth Place 1 point
Individual World Record 2 points for each record broken

If there is a tie, the FINA Points Table shall be used and a decision made by the Swimming Commission.

GR 9.8.2 Open Water Swimming
18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points

A special FINA Team Trophy will be given based upon the points achieved under this rule on the individual events.

GR 9.8.3 Diving
Individual diving events:
18-16-14-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 points

Synchronised diving events (8 finalists):
27-24-21-18-15-12-9-7,5 points

Synchronised diving events (12 finalists):
27-24-21-18-15-12-9-7,5-6-4,5-3-1,5 points.

GR 9.8.4 Water Polo
No points. Rated 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.

GR 9.8.5 Synchronised Swimming
Solo, Technical Routine and Solo, Free Routine:
24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 points

Duet, Technical Routine and Duet, Free Routine:
36, 33, 30, 27, 24, 21, 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, 3 points

Team Technical Routine, Team Free Routine and Combination:
72, 66, 60, 54, 48, 42, 36, 30, 24, 18, 12, 6 points

GR 9.8.6 In case of a tie, the highest points shall be awarded to each competitor or relay team.