We are hearing that FINA will not put the new swimsuit ban in effect until sometime in May-July. So for now all of the currently approved swimsuits will be legal until a date is set. This should mean that NCAA’s and short course championship season will be allowed to use the Speedo LZR, Blue Seventy Nero, Aqua Zone Renegade, and the new TYR A7 swimsuits.
On Friday the governing body of swimming – FINA voted to ban the controversial racing suits for 2010. The final vote will take place this coming week but all reports are that the vast majority of the suits on the market will soon be banned by FINA. This includes the Speedo LZR Racer, BlueSeventy Nero, Aqua Zone Renegade, Jaked, and the new TYR A7 racing swim suits. The FINA list (RULE SW10.7) of banned swimsuits should be released by the end of September. Reports are that there will be no material allowed below the knees and no material on the arms for both men and women. The men’s suits cannot go above the waist and the most important ruling will be textiles only. This will outlaw all of the non-permeable material swim suits.
In the mean time the suit companies will be appealing the decision and jocking for a position on the approved list of swimsuits. Speedo has already started with the following statement:
Speedo is fully committed to safeguarding the reputation of the sport of swimming at every level and for this reason we will await a confirmation from FINA about their final decision regarding approved swimwear rules for 2010 before making further comment.
However, we would like to re-iterate that Speedo has always operated within the rules of the sport and will continue to do so, investing in research and development to ensure that we continue to lead the way in high performance swimwear that meets the approval of both the governing body and the most important people, the athletes themselves.
As a forward thinking company, that has invested millions in R&D, we believe that technology “properly monitored and adhering to guidelines – does have a place in all sport. Any move which seems to take the sport back two decades“ such as a possible return to the traditional female swimsuit and male jammer – is a retrograde step that could be detrimental to the future of swimming.
We recognise the catastrophic effect and controversy that the introduction of fully non-permeable wetsuits by certain manufacturers has had on the sport of swimming in recent months. Speedo has always believed that there is no place in the sport for buoyancy aids. We were and remain highly supportive of FINA’s Dubai Charter which recommended the banning of these suits from January 2010, whilst allowing some elements of non-permeable materials.
The Speedo LZR Racer suit, which was developed in strict accordance with FINA rules and regulations and fully approved by FINA in 2007, has had an unprecedented positive impact on the sport of swimming since its launch. Developed over a three year period with the input of over 400 swimmers, coaches and experts, the swimming community by and large welcomed the benefits the suit brings whilst recognising that it upheld the integrity of athletes as it does not aid buoyancy.
For over 80 years, we have taken a lead role in supporting the sport from grass roots all the way to elite levels. We have been responsible for every major ‘legal’ innovation in swimwear since 1928. Speedo remains totally dedicated to the sport of swimming at every level.
The Blueseventy Nero and the Aquazone Renegade suits are in stock now and ready to ship just in time for the summer long course swimming season championship meets. Blue Seventy Nero swimskins were re-approved by FINA and are legal for the 2009 swimming year. Things might change for 2010 but now is the time to get your blue 70 swimsuits for this summers sectional swim meets, long course LSC JO’s, and zone meets. The Aquazone Renegade swimsuits are also instock now and they are also FINA Approved for USA Swimming meets. Also on the approval list are the Speedo LZR Racer swimsuits and the TYR Tracer swimsuits.
Many of you have asked what is the best swim suit? Is it the Blueseventy Nero or the Aquazone Renegade or the Speedo LZR Racer? The results are obvious that they all preform amazingly well in the water and will improve your times in the pool. The Blue Seventy Nero and the Aqua Zone Renegade both utilize the Yamamoto SCS fabric which is extremely fast and has a very small drag coefficient, while the Speedo LZR swimsuit uses bonded seams, and specially designed panels to reduce drag and increase speed in the water. For the money the Blue Seventy and Aqua Zone swimsuits cannot be beat they are less expensive than the Speedo LZR and they will fit like a glove when you put one on. The Aquazone Renegade features specially located Lycra panels to achieve one of the best fits of any racing swimsuit. The Speedo LZR has smashed countless swimming records around the world but it requires a little more effort to achieve the correct fitting. Too small and you might rip the LZR pulse fabric and too big you will get wrinkles thus reducing the effects of this amazing swimsuit. We will let you and your record breaking new times be the judge of the fastest swimsuit.
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|TechfitPowerweb||S8140607BJ B85768||pants – long||men|
|TechfitPowerweb||S8140606BJ B85771||pants – short||men|
|TechfitPowerweb||S8140608BJ B85765||full||open back||women|
|Agon Sport L.L.C.||2009||full – knee||unisex|
|2009||pants – long||men|
|2009||pants – short||men|
|Halifax||Ark||pants – long||men|
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|Powerskin||2710650||pants – long||men|
|Powerskin||2710550||pants – short||men|
|Powerskin R-Evolution||2522750||full||open back||women|
|Powerskin R-Evolution||2786650||full – knee||men|
|Powerskin R-Evolution||2522550||full – knee||open back||women|
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|Powerskin X-treme||2514350||full||open back||women|
|Powerskin X-treme||2513750||full – knee||men|
|Powerskin X-treme||2514450||full – knee||open back||women|
|Powerskin X-treme||2514250||full – knee||zip||women|
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|Powerskin X-treme||2737650||pants – short||men|
|Powerskin X-Glide||pants – long||men|
|TIL||AMA503(BASE053)||pants – long||men|
|TIL||AMA502(8AAM071)||pants – short||men|
|TIL||ALS502(8AAL071)||pants – short||women|
|TIL – Cloth||AMX964-4||full||zipper back||men|
|TIL – Cloth||ALX964-5||full||strap||women|
|TIL – Cloth||ALX964-6||full||zipper back||women|
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|TIL +||AMX1087-2||full||zipper back||men|
|TIL +||AMX1087||full||zipper back||men|
|TIL +||ALX1086||full||zipper back||women|
|TIL +||ALX1098||full||zipper back||women|
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|TIL +||AMX1088-2||pants – long||men|
|TIL +||AMX1088||pants – long||men|
|TIL 2009 III||OSAM562||full||zipper back||men|
|TIL 2009 III||OSAL591||full||strap||women|
|TIL 2009 III||OSAL562||full||zipper back||women|
|TIL 2009 III||OSAM552||pants – long||men|
|TIL 2009 III||OSAL601||classic||women|
|TIL 2009 IV||OSAM562||full||zipper back||men|
|TIL 2009 IV||OSAL591||full||strap||women|
|TIL 2009 IV||OSAL562||full||zipper back||women|
|TIL 2009 IV||OSAM552||pants – long||men|
|TIL 2009 IV||OSAL601||classic||women|
|Blueseventy Ltd||Nero||Seamless Bodyskin||full||10||men|
|Nero||Seamless Kneeskin||full – knee||11||men|
|Nero||Open Back Bodyskin||full||8||unisex|
|Nero||Comp Kneeskin||full – knee||2||men|
|Nero||Open Back Kneeskin||full – knee||9||unisex|
|Nero||Legskin||pants – long||6||men|
|Nero||Jammer||pants – short||7||men|
|Pointzero3+||Kneeskin||full – knee||4||men|
|Descente LTD||Aquaforce Panel||full||men|
|Aquaforce Panel||full||open back||women|
|Aquaforce Panel||full||zip back||women|
|Aquaforce Panel||full – knee||open back||women|
|Aquaforce Panel||pants – long||men|
|Aquaforce Panel||pants – short||men|
|Aquaforce Lite||full||open back||women|
|Aquaforce Lite||full||zip back||women|
|Aquaforce Lite||full – knee||open back||women|
|Aquaforce Lite||pants – long||men|
|Aquaforce Lite||pants – short||men|
|Shin_rev||pants – long||men|
|Shin_rev||full – knee||open back||women|
|Shin_rev||pants – short||men|
|Aile bleue||full||zip back||women|
|Aile bleue||full||open back||women|
|Aile bleue||full – knee||open back||women|
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|Aile bleue||pants – short||men|
|II mar09||ARN – RMR81W||full||open back||women|
|II mar09||ARN – RMR51W||full||open back||women|
|II mar09||ARN – RMR82W||full||zip back||women|
|II mar09||ARN – RMR52W||full||zip back||women|
|II mar09||ARN – RMR17M||pants – long||men|
|II mar09||ARN – RMR27M||pants – long||men|
|Diana Sport||Submarine Cyclone||262M (3193096)||full||men|
|Submarine Cyclone||262M LD (3193033)||full||men|
|Submarine Cyclone||270W LD (3194026)||full||women|
|Submarine Cyclone||272W LD (3194024)||full||women|
|Submarine Cyclone||262M (3193202)||full||men|
|Submarine Cyclone||262M LD (3193098)||full||men|
|Submarine Cyclone||270W (3194111)||full||closed back||women|
|Submarine Cyclone||270W LD (3194109)||full||women|
|Submarine Cyclone||272W (3194112)||full||open back||women|
|Submarine Cyclone||272W LD (3194110)||full||women|
|Submarine Cyclone||273W (3194113)||full||open back||women|
|Submarine Cyclone||263M (3193203)||full – knee||men|
|Submarine Cyclone||260M (3193200)||pants – long||men|
|Submarine Shinning Arrow||232M SA (3193092)||full||men|
|Submarine Shinning Arrow||250W SA (3194100)||full||women|
|Submarine Shinning Arrow||251W SA (3194101)||full||women|
|Submarine Shinning Arrow||233M SA (3193093)||full – knee||men|
|Submarine Shinning Arrow||253W SA (3194103)||full – knee||women|
|Submarine Shinning Arrow||230M SA (3193090)||pants – long||men|
|Submarine Shinning Arrow||252W (3194102)||full||open back tanga cut||women|
|Submarine Thermo Fusion||202M (3193072)||full||men|
|Submarine Thermo Fusion||210W (3194060)||full||closed back||women|
|Submarine Thermo Fusion||221W (3194081)||full||open back||women|
|Submarine Thermo Fusion||203M (3193073)||full – knee||men|
|Submarine Thermo Fusion||213W (3194063)||full – knee||open back||women|
|Submarine Thermo Fusion||200M (3193070)||pants – long||men|
|Submarine Thermo Fusion||201M (3193071)||pants – short||men|
|Submarine Thermo Fusion||219W (3194069)||classic||women|
|Essenuoto||Comet (dragon print)||SFW/0026||full||men|
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|Comet (dragon print)||SFW 20037||full||women|
|Comet (cyclone print)||SFW/0026||full||men|
|Amphibian||ATS8-LTM28||pants – long||men|
|Amphibian||ATS8-JM28||pants – short||men|
|Amphibian Long John||ATS8-LJM32||full||men|
|Amphibian Long John||ATS8-LJF30||full||women|
|Amphibian Short John||ATS8-SJM31||full – knee||men|
|Amphibian Short John||ATS8-SJF30||full – knee||women|
|Hydrospeed 2 Brief||184.108.40.206.28||classic||men|
|Hydrospeed 2 Clipback||1.10.024.101.28||classic||women|
|Hydrospeed 2 Jammer||220.127.116.11.28||pants – short||men|
|Hydrospeed 2 Race John||1.10.025.101.28||full – knee||women|
|Recobeam||240601-2||pants – long||men|
|Recobeam||240601-3||pants – long||men|
|J01PL||pants – long|
|J01||full – knee|
|J03||pants – long||men|
|Kiwami||Kameleon||full – knee||unisex|
|Torpedo||full – knee||unisex|
|Leonian K.K.||PSFM9S3204-1||full||open back||women|
|PSFM9S3205-1||full – knee||open back||women|
|PSFM9S3205-2||full – knee||open back||women|
|PSFM9S3102-1||pants – long||full length spats||men|
|PSFM9S3102-2||pants – long||full length spats||men|
|PSFM9S3102-3||pants – long||full length spats||men|
|Mizuno Corporation||Accel Suits||full||open back||women|
|Accel Suits||pants – long||men|
|SST||85RB-100||full||back is closed by fastener||men|
|SST||85RB-101||full||front is closed by fastener||men|
|SST||85OB-100||full||back is closed by fastener||women|
|SST||85OB-111||full||front is closed by fastener||women|
|SST||85RD-100||pants – short||waist is fastened by lace||men|
|SST||85RC-100||pants – long||waist is fastened by lace||men|
|Water gene||85OB-850||full||back is closed by fastener||women|
|Water gene||85OB-851||full||back is closed by fastener||women|
|Water gene||85OC-850||full – knee||women|
|Water gene||85OD-850||pants – long||women|
|Water gene||85RC-850||pants – long||long spats||men|
|Water gene||85RD-850||pants – short||half spats||men|
|BBT||85RB-155||full||back is closed by fastener||men|
|BBT||85RB-156||full||back is closed by fastener||men|
|BBT||85OB-155||full||back is closed by fastener||women|
|BBT||85OB-156||full||back is closed by fastener||women|
|BBT||85RC-155||pants – long||waist is fastened by lace||men|
|BBT||85RC-156||pants – long||waist is fastened by lace||men|
|Hammer Med||230940||full – knee||men|
|Hammer Fit||230944||full – knee||women|
|Hammer Leg||230941||pants – long||men|
|Hammer Jammer||230942||pants – short||men|
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|Bullet Leg||230902||pants – long||men|
|Bullet Jammer||230903||pants – short||men|
|Bullet Fit||230948||full – knee||women|
|Meerval Med||227473||full – knee||men|
|Trigger||227193||pants – short||men|
|Archer||227128||pants – long||men|
|Geep Med||227475||full – knee||women|
|Okeo SRL||Extreme Body Unisex||full||unisex|
|Extreme Pant||pants – long||men|
|Orca||RS1||full – knee||men|
|RS1||full – knee||women|
|Orvar/Aquazone USA||Renegade female classic cut racer back||classic||women|
|Renegade female classic cut zipper back||classic||women|
|Renegade female full body||full||zip||women|
|Renegade female full body||full||straps||women|
|Renegade female knee||full – knee||women|
|Renegade female knee||full – knee||women|
|Renegade male ankle||pants – long||men|
|Renegade male full body||full||men|
|Renegade male jammer||pants – short||men|
|Renegade male knee suit||full – knee||men|
|Rocket Science Sports||Rocket Light||classic||men|
|Sailfish GmbH||Sailfish furious||full – knee||unisex|
|Sailfish furious long||full||unisex|
|Speedo||FastskinXT (Flying Fish)||8-05887||full||women|
|FastskinXT (Flying Fish)||8-05889||full||men|
|FastskinXT (Flying Fish)||8-05892||classic||men|
|FastskinXT (Flying Fish)||8-05891||pants – short||men|
|FastskinXT (Flying Fish)||8-05890||pants – long||men|
|FastskinXT (Flying Fish)||8-05886||full||women|
|FastskinXT (Flying Fish)||8-05885||full – knee||women|
|FastskinXT (Flying Fish)||8-05888||classic||women|
|Japanese LZR Hybrid||SPE015||full||men|
|Japanese LZR Hybrid||SPE015||full||women|
|Japanese LZR Hybrid||SPE015||full – knee||women|
|Japanese LZR Hybrid||SPE015||pants – long||men|
|Japanese LZR Hybrid||SPE015||pants – short||men|
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|Fastskin Pro||8 008133218||full||open back||women|
|Fastskin Pro||8 008153218||classic||women|
|Fastskin Pro||8 008143218||full – knee||open back||women|
|Fastskin Pro||8 008053218||full||men|
|Fastskin Pro||full – knee||women|
|Fastskin Pro||full – knee||men|
|Fastskin Pro||pants – long||men|
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|AQUABLADE||full – knee||open back||women|
|AQUABLADE Bodyskin No Arms||full||women|
|AQUABLADE Bodyskin No Arms||full||men|
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|Fastskin II||8 007194759||full||open back||women|
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|Fastskin II||8 20A974759||full – knee||open back||women|
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|Fastskin||8 100080001||pants – long||men|
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|Fastskin||full – knee||open back||women|
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|LZR Racer Body No Arms||full||zipperback||women|
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|LZR Racer Pro Body No Arms||full||women|
|LZR Racer Pro Record Breaker Body||full||women|
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|M-08||pants – long||men|
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|F-05||full – knee||women|
|M-01||pants – long||men|
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|YH-M-F2||pants – long||long spats||men|
Here is the statement from USA Swimming regarding the approved swimsuits:
Following the ruling by FINA on May 19, 2009, regarding approval of swimsuits for international competition, USA Swimming’s Rules and Regulations Committee has announced an amendment to rule 102.9, covering swimsuits at USA Swimming competitions. The committee has also outlined specific rules applying to swimsuits allowed at the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships and World Championship Trials. These amendments are designed to provide consistency with the rules as established by FINA.
Effective June 1, 2009, swimmers competing in USA Swimming-sanctioned or approved competitions will be governed by the following rules.
Only swimwear approved by FINA, as reflected on its published list of approved swimwear, may be worn in any USA Swimming sanctioned or approved competition.
Additionally, since the FINA-approved list only addresses “new model” swimsuits submitted by swimsuit manufacturers, swimmers will, until otherwise directed by FINA, also be able to wear traditional swimsuits provided the suits meet the following criteria:
1. For female swimmers, the swimsuit shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulders or past the pelvis, and
2. For male swimmers, the swimsuit shall not extend above the navel or below the knees.
There are currently 202 suits on the FINA-approved list. If and when FINA approves additional suits, those suits will also be allowed in USA Swimming competition.
At the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships and World Championship Trials, the following rules apply, in addition to the above.
Only those permitted swimsuit models that are available to all competitors may be used. To avoid confusion, availability is defined as follows:
- The swimsuit manufacturer is present at the event with its approved swimsuits available for all competitors on a purchase, loan, give-away or other basis, or
- The swimsuit manufacturer has provided to USA Swimming a written representation in the form requested by USA Swimming, that its approved swimsuit will be made available before July 7, 2009 to all World Championship Trials competitors and before June 14, 2009 to all Open Water World Championship Trials competitors on a purchase, loan, or giveaway basis through retail stores, the internet, or other means.
USA Swimming will publish a list of swimsuit manufacturers who have made this representation once they are received. Competitors may rely on this list as approval to wear a particular swimsuit model at either event.
Here is the statement from blueseventy:
New Zealand — May 19, 2009 — Today FINA released its list of approved suits for the World Championships in July. FINA rejected 10 high-tech racing suits and approved 199 others with 136 swimsuits to be modified in accordance with the “Dubai Charter”.
blueseventy submitted 11 models of suits for FINA approval, including tights and jammers. At this time, blueseventy suits are not listed on FINA’s site as approved models, but one of the 136 that need to be modified, and this includes the models that had previously been submitted (in late 2007) and had received approval.
blueseventy is stunned by this omission. “As a company, and personally, we were very comfortable with the criteria for testing that FINA had outlined, our suits passed well under the threshold for buoyancy and thickness proposed by them,” stated blueseventy’s Global Marketing Manager, Dean Jackson. “We have had confirmation that our suits passed the independent laboratory testing for both of these tests.”
Officially blueseventy is classified as one of the suits that ”may cause significant air trapping when worn by the swimmers.” However, there are several other similar brands with suits that use exactly the same fabric, with a similar construction, that have passed without a problem. This confusing situation has led the company to seek clarification directly from FINA and blueseventy is awaiting their response.
blueseventy has 30 days to make modifications to the suit so that it no longer traps air, but the system around this is unclear since trapping air is not a measurable value and the subjective nature of this “testing” is not black or while. Initially the Dubai Charter and resubmission of these suits was in order to gain acceptance for the Rome World championships and it is blueseventy’s understanding that previously approved suits remain legal for all competitions.
“We are dedicated to working on the best solution to the short-term situation and will work closely with FINA on this process,” said Roque Santos, blueseventy Vice President of Swimming. “Most importantly, we care about swimmers, we care about our company and we care about fair play for all brands in this process.”
The Blue Seventy Nero swimsuits and the Aqua Zone Renegade swimsuits are back in-stock and shipping. Be sure to order yours today before they are sold out again. Both of these new racing suits are smashing swimming time records across the country and throughout the world. The super fast Yamamoto SCS fabric with hydrophobic skin and a drag coefficient of only 0.032 (over 50 times lower than skin) accually reduces friction drag through the water. Helix technology improves fit and allows for a better swim stroke. Blue 70 and Aqua Zone Renegade are both approved for use in all FINA events. The D&J Sports swimshop is now shipping racing swimsuits for YMCA nationals and other championship swim meets.
FINA meet this weekend and drafted the Dubai Charter which is the first step in regulating the controversial swimming suits like the Speedo LZR Racer, TYR Rise, Blue Seventy Nero, and the Aqua Zone Renegade. FINA is laying the ground work for new regulations that will start popping up in the next few months and years to come. The idea is to insure that the sport of swimming remains fair and that the playing field or pool is equal for all swimmers.
DUBAI CHARTER on FINA requirements for swimwear approval
As the world governing body for aquatic sports, FINA has the authority and responsibility to issue regulations applying to its five disciplines. This includes the determination of the specifications applying to sport equipment. In the context of the discussion in connection with swimsuits development and their alleged impact on sport, FINA reaffirms that it will continue monitoring the evolution of the sport equipment with the main objective of keeping the integrity of the sport.
In doing so, FINA wishes to recall that the main and core principle is that swimming is a sport essentially based on the physical performance of the athlete. This is the fundament which FINA has and will continue to preserve as its main objective and priority. FINA brings together athletes from around the world to compete on equal conditions and thereby decides the winner by the athlete who is physically the best.
This does not however imply that swimming, like all other sports, should not integrate the natural progress and improvements in technology where this helps, bettering the conditions under which the athletes compete and optimising their athletic performances.
FINA also acknowledges the significance of the contributions manufacturers are bringing to the sport at all levels, including to the federations, athletes, coaches and event organisers. This co-operation is essential to continue to develop and remain a major sport worldwide. In a rapidly evolving world, regulations need to progress as well to address new emerging issues. Before any discussion arose, FINA had initiated a process in view of adapting the equipment regulations. To improve their quality and credibility, FINA has not only consulted the manufacturers but has also sought the support of independent scientific experts of worldwide reputation who will notably assist in the determination of meaningful tests.
With the support of independent experts, FINA will set up a long term monitoring project with the mid/long term objective to allow an ongoing control on equipment development.
The FINA Bureau, after considering the conclusion of the meeting with the Swimsuit Manufacturers held in Lausanne (SUI) on February 20, 2009, where the full support from the FINA Athletes, Coaches and Legal Commissions was also received on this matter, has decided to revise the requirements for swimsuit approval with the aim of making them more clear, simple and transparent.
1. Amendments to existing FINA requirements for swimwear approval (valid until December 31, 2009)
a. DESIGN: The swimsuit shall not cover the neck and shall not extend past the shoulders nor past the ankles.
- i. When used, the material shall follow the body shape;
- ii. The application of different materials shall not create air trapping effects.
c. THICKNESS: The material used shall have a maximum thickness of 1 mm. The measurement method is in accordance with ISO Standard 5084 for textiles.
d. BUOYANCY: The swimsuit shall not have a buoyancy effect of more than 1 Newton (100 gr).
- The value to be observed applies to all swimsuits sizes.
e. CONTROL: FINA has established its own independent control/testing programme. Scientific testing on thickness and buoyancy will be conducted by a neutral team led by Prof. Jan-Anders Manson, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Technology.
f. CONSTRUCTION: Any system providing external stimulation or influence of any form (e.g. pain reduction, chemical/medical substance release, electro-stimulation, or others) is prohibited.
g. CUSTOMISATION: All swimsuits of an approved model must be constructed in an identical fashion with no variation/modification for individual swimmers from the samples submitted for approval. Any modification before use is prohibited; it is clarified that an adaptation of size does not constitute customisation.
h. USE: The swimmer can only wear one swimsuit (FINA Rule GR 5.3).
i. SWIMSUITS TO BE SUBMITTED: All swimsuits to be used during the period of application shall be submitted, even if previously approved. The only submission deadline under these rules is March 31, 2009.
j. APPROVAL: Approvals issued under these rules remain valid until December 31, 2009. Manufacturers must indicate the approval on the product in use through a method to be implemented by FINA. The purpose is to check that the swimsuits used in competition are approved models.
In addition to the amendments valid until December 31, 2009, the FINA Bureau approved the following:
2. FINA requirements for swimwear approval (valid from January 1, 2010)
a. SWIMWEAR SUBJECT TO APPROVAL: Any swimwear used in FINA competitions and Olympic Games shall comply with these new rules and shall be a model approved by FINA in accordance with these new procedures. It is further clarified that results achieved in other competitions may only be recognised as world records by FINA if approved swimwear has been used.
b. PERMEABILITY: In addition to the thickness and buoyancy scientific independent tests already included in the previous requirements, FINA will define the use of non-permeable materials based on a ‘permeability value’ test. The non-permeable material can only be used for a maximum 50% of the total surface of the swimsuit for full-body models. For these models, the maximum surface of non-permeable material to be used on the upper and lower part of the swimsuit shall be respectively 25% on each part. Non-permeable material shall be distinguishable.
c. SUBMISSION DATES: The first submission deadline under these rules is November 1, 2009, followed by a submission on August 1 every year (example: August 1, 2010; August 1, 2011). Submission to approval 12 months in advance of the forthcoming FINA World Championships or Olympic Games. Moreover, the approved model shall be available on the market at least 6 months prior to the forthcoming FINA World Championships or Olympic Games.
d. LIST OF APPROVED MODELS: FINA will publish a list of approved models. The publication is without prejudice to the fact that criteria and conditions of approval must be effectively met by products in use.
e. APPLICATION: These new rules are applicable from October 1, 2009. They are applied to swimwear to be used in competition from January 1, 2010. Further amendments, if necessary, shall be issued by the FINA Bureau.
3. FINA Monitoring Programme on swimwear
FINA will continue monitoring the evolution of the sports equipment and watch innovations in shape, material and other elements which may need to be addressed.
FINA will consult with its National Federations, its Athletes, Coaches and Legal Commissions, Swimming Committee and manufacturers on any further developments in this respect.
FINA will consolidate the independent scientific support from Jan-Anders Manson and his team, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Technology.
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