The first two FINA Technical Congresses – Synchronised Swimming, and Diving & High Diving – took place today in Budapest (HUN), a couple of days before the start of the 17th FINA World Championships in the Magyar capital.
The main rule changes approved by the National Federations’ representatives were:
- Introduction of a new event in the programme of the FINA World Championships: the Highlight Routine (with 10 swimmers). Required elements (to be performed by all athletes) for this routine include a minimum of four acrobatic movements (jumps, throws, lifts, stacks or platforms), a connected or intertwined action, and a float to give a kaleidoscopic effect;
- Figure routines are replaced by technical routines at FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships;
- Free team routines may have a maximum of six acrobatic movements (excluding partner lifts). If this number is exceeded, a two-point penalty shall be deducted from the routine score;
- Reduction of the Free Combination routine time, from 4m30s to 4m00s;
- Changes in the judgement of figures, with definitions for small, medium and large deductions;
- For Solo and Duet technical routines, all elements shall be performed parallel to the sides of the pool where the panel of judges have been placed;
- Update on the rules concerning the music accompaniments;
- Adjustments on some synchro movements.
- Precisions on the competition format, namely in mixed synchronised diving events;
- Clear definition of double bounce on the end of springboard or double jump on the end of the platform, before take-off;
- Precisions on the possible judging score deductions.
- Readjustments in the diving number designations;
- Possibility for each diver to provide two reserve dives, which may be substituted five minutes before the commencement of the final round of dives;
- New deductions for divers touching or performing unsafely close to the platform;
- Updated criteria for the establishment of the degree of difficulty for dives with twists.
On July 13, 2017 two more Technical Congresses – Open Water Swimming and Water Polo – will be staged in Budapest. On July 21, Swimming and Masters will update their technical rules, while the FINA General Congress will be held on July 22, 2017.