At a meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 19 June the Executive of swimming’s governing body FINA considered the politically sensitive issue of swimsuits approvals.
The Executive reviewed the recommendations of the Swimsuit Commission that were issued on 18 June, specifically in connection with those swimsuits subject to re-examination from the first commission meeting on 19 May 2009.
Swimsuit manufacturers had re-presented their swimsuits with modifications. In certain cases, the manufacturers submitted arguments regarding the fact that the construction or material of their swimsuits would not create air trapping effects.
The Executive approved a range of swimsuits from the following manufacturers:
A range of swimsuits from the following operators were previously approved in May:
Rocket Science Sports
Regarding the application of the criteria, the Executive found that the evidence of ‘in use’ air trapping is complex and that it would require considerable time to create and implement comprehensive control mechanisms and test methods for particular swimsuits utilising this technology.
In a transitory period where the industry had little time to anticipate the requirements, it was also noted that the outcome of the approval process can have a substantial impact on existing production and stocks. Therefore, in cases where there was a reasonable doubt as to the effect, such doubt had to be taken into account in the decision concerning the respective swimsuits.
To secure a level-playing field, the swimsuits approved will be available to all swimmers at the World Championships in Rome. The approved swimsuits will be labelled and will be checked in Rome prior to competition.
The rules regarding shape, use of only one swimsuit and no taping will be strictly applied and controlled. FINA will continue the process of controlling the evolution of swimsuits and will issue new rules including new criteria for 2010.