Tuesday, May 26, 2009

USMS Response to FINA Suit List

Below is a statement from USMS President Rob Copeland with information regarding suit legality for United States Masters Swimming.

Date: May 20, 2009

At this point in time no suits should be listed as banned by U.S. Masters Swimming for pool or open water swimming.

While FINA has listed the 202 approved swimsuits, FINA has NOT listed the 10 suits that have been “rejected for not passing the tests of buoyancy and/or thickness” or made a ruling on the “136 swimsuits to be modified in accordance with “Dubai Charter”." Until FINA provides the definitive list of banned swimsuits and specific actions on the 136, we should not report any suit as banned in a USMS sanctioned event.

If you hear anything from FINA in contradiction to this statement, please inform me as soon as possible. The list of FINA approved suits can be found at: http://www.fina.org/project/index.ph...=2389&Itemid=9. The FINA press release can be found at: http://www.fina.org/project/index.ph...390&Itemid=108

Rob Copeland
President - United States Masters Swimming

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