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FINA SPECIAL REPORT: NEW WETSUIT RULES

Buried in 71 pages of by-laws published on 29 August 2016 is a single paragraph stating FINA’s new ruling on wetsuit use in open water events, which runs as follows:

From January 1, 2017, for open water swimming competitions in water with temperature below 20 C, men and women may use either swimsuits or wetsuits. When the water temperature is below 18 C, the use of wetsuits is compulsory.”

FINA is the international governing body for swimming and as such its ruling will apply to all FINA sanctioned events. This includes the world championships, the world cup marathon swim series and the Olympics.

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