Fina, the global governing body for aquatic sports, has unveiled a new series dedicated to synchronised swimming.
With a mission to be held annually, the Synchronised Swimming World Series will include a total of seven legs for its 2017 edition. The series will integrate existing smaller synchro events from across the world and each leg will be held in conjunction with existing national competitions.
The calendar for the inaugural Synchro World Series is set to commence with the French Open in Paris on March 10-12. From there, it will take in two Asian events with the China Open in Taiyuan on April 22-24 and the Japan Open in Tokyo on April 28-30.
The Canada Open will be staged in Toronto on May 2-7, before a yet to be confirmed venue hosts the Spanish Open on May 26-28. The US Open will take place in Long Island on June 22-24. The series will conclude with the Suv Parisi event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, with an August date yet to be signed off.
Fina said any member national federation wishing to take part must enter at least four of the 2017 meets to be eligible for the final ranking and corresponding prize money. Participation in the 2017 Fina World Championships, which take place from July 14-30 in Budapest, is also mandatory.
Teams can enter in 10 events within the four categories of solo, duet, mixed duet and teams.