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FINA’s headquarters are based in Lausanne, Switzerland, where a multinational staff runs all core operations with regards to each FINA discipline, marketing and communication plans, anti-doping programmes and development policies under the management of Executive Director Cornel Marculescu from 1986 to March 2021, and currently by Interim Executive Director Marcela Saxlund.
Inauguration of the FINA Headquarters on 19th July, 2018
FINA celebrated 110 years of history on July 19, 2018 inaugurating the new FINA Headquarters in Lausanne, the centre of the Olympic capital.
For the first time, FINA owns its Headquarters. This inauguration in the Olympic Capital is also a testimony of our growth and sustainability. We are a leading International Federation in a very competitive sport environment and we surely constitute one of the pillars of the Olympic Movement
London witnessed the birth of the Federation on July 19, 1908, and Lausanne has been the home base of FINA since its first permanent office was established in 1986. The FINA headquarters made a brief move to Barcelona, Spain, from 1989 to 1992, before returning to Lausanne after the 1992 Olympics in Spain.
Prior to the creation of its headquarters, FINA administration mostly took place in conjunction with the Federations’ regular Congresses, Bureau and Committee meetings, wherever they were being held, often depending on the nationalities of those in office and the geographic locations of new FINA-affiliated National Member Federations.
However, the growing popularity of aquatic sports, which has generated massive FINA development since about the time of its 50th anniversary, necessitated an increase in the number of people involved with FINA administration and the establishment of a permanent office. Consequently, the number of staff at FINA headquarters has also continued to expand to meet the rising demands involved with staging modern international aquatics competitions.
FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione in his office together with the IOC President Thomas Bach
Four locations were established – the longest one being in Avenue de l’Avant-Poste, from 2001 to 2014 -, and in September 2016 the FINA staff finally moved to a FINA property in Chemin de Bellevue 24a/b, 1005 Lausanne.
The FINA Office is now located in a two-building structure: one villa originally constructed in 1876, then enlarged in 1923, and acquired by FINA in 2010, plus an adjacent pavilion, erected to host part of the FINA staff.
The old property is an architectural protected site in Lausanne, so its façade had to be preserved. The internal structure was then adapted to the needs of a modern office administration – the original staircase to connect the three levels of the villa was refurbished and constitutes of the most significant remains of the past life of the property. The two structures – villa and pavilion – are connected by an underground passage.