Change of Sport Nationality Rules and Documentation
In order to start a procedure on change of sport nationality of an athlete, FINA needs the following documents:
1. An official request from your Federation for a sport nationality transfer of an athlete, with the name, surname and date of birth of the athlete as well as the last country represented;
2. A copy of the athlete’s passport or ID card (the ID document must be of the same country than the one your federation represents);
3. A certified registration of an address issued by a local authority which states exactly where and since when the athlete is living in the country of your federation, as the athlete must have resided in the country at least 12 months prior to his first representation for the country;
4. Documents which establish the athlete resides in the country the majority of the days of the year (e.g. school confirmation, employment contract, bank statements, etc.);
5. A confirmation from a club of your federation which states since when the athlete is an active member;
6. A confirmation from your Federation which states since when the athlete is member;
7. A statement from the Federation that the applicant has never represented your country in international events;
8. Official result lists from national, regional or international club competitions in which the athlete has participated for his “new” club for 12 months. In the case of Water Polo it would be the game protocols from national, regional or international club competitions, and as many as possible in order to cover the 12 months period.
Regarding the condition of the certified registration of an address, in a previous case of an athlete that wanted to change his sport nationality in order to represent Canada, we have received a Declaration under Oath from the Tenant of the athlete along with copy of various documents such as the Driver License, Confirmation of the School or Employer, Rent Cheques, Bank Statements, Tax Decision, etc. These documents would help to consider the condition of the 12 months of residence.
Regarding the 12 months requirements, this period starts from the most recent date between residence, the membership and the last representation. For example:
a) The competitor represented France for the last time on 15 July 2011, lives in Canada since 20 July 2011 and is an active member in an Canadian club since 15 August 2011, FINA will approve the sport nationality transfer from 15 August 2012;
b) The competitor lives in Canada since 20 July 2011 and is an active member in an Canada club since 15 August 2011, but represented France for the last time on 15 September 2011, Fina will approve the sport nationality transfer from 15 September 2012.
N.B. Any application for change of affiliation must be approved by FINA.
FINA GENERAL RULES
GR 1 ELIGIBILITY
GR 1.1 All competitors shall be registered with their National Federation to be eligible to compete.
GR 2 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GR 2.1 A competition organised by a National Federation, Regional Body or Club in which other FINA recognised Federations, Clubs or Individuals participate, shall be regarded as an International Competition.
GR 2.2 A Member shall not admit to its membership any club affiliated to another Member.
GR 2.3 Any competitor who temporarily or permanently changes his residence to another country may join a club affiliated to the Member in the new country and shall be regarded as coming within the jurisdiction of the latter.
GR 2.4 No team shall be designated by the title of a country or Sport Country unless the competitors have been selected by the Member of the country or Sport Country.
GR 2.5 When a competitor or competition official represents his/her country in a competition, he/she shall be a citizen, whether by birth or naturalisation, of the nation he/she represents, provided that a naturalised citizen shall have lived in that country for at least one year prior to that competition. Competitors, who have more than one nationality according to the laws of the respective nations must chose one “Sport Nationality” and be affiliated to one Member only.
GR 2.6 Any competitor or competition official changing his affiliation from one national governing body to another must have resided in the territory of and been under the jurisdiction of the latter for at least twelve months prior to his first representation for the country.
GR 2.6.1 Proof of Residence
1) Residence means the place/country where the competitor or competition official “lives and sleeps” and where he/she can be found in the majority of days of the year.
2) The proof of residence must include documentation establishing the applicant resides in the country. In this regard the official school or university confirmation or employment contract or any other relevant documentation may constitute evidence.
3) Certified registration of an address in the "new" country for at least twelve (12) months prior to first representation of the competitor or competition official for the "new" country must be sent to FINA.
GR 2.6.2 Proof of Jurisdiction
1) Certified membership in a club of the new country
2) Confirmation from the FINA Member of that country
3) Official result lists from national championships, national, regional or international club competitions in which the applicant has participated for his/her “new” club during the GR 2.6 requested time
4) Applicants cannot represent any of the countries during the “transfer period”
GR 2.7 Any application for change of affiliation must be approved by FINA.