The International Aquatics Federation (Fina) has approved high diving as its sixth official discipline and has awarded an eighth leg of its 2015 Swimming World Cup to France.
High diving has been tested and used on an exhibition basis since the first world champions in the discipline were created at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. However, high diving has now been included in Fina’s official constitution, Code of Ethics and Ethics Panel. The official recognition of the sport under the Fina banner means it will now have a pathway into the Olympic Movement. High diving has developed as a worldwide movement through the Red Bull Cliff Diving Series.
The announcement was one of several developments from Fina's Extraordinary Congress and Bureau meeting in Doha, Qatar. The Swimming World Cup will now include an event in either Paris or Chartres for 2015, with the remainder of the calendar taking in Moscow, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Doha and Dubai.
In synchronised swimming, Fina has approved the introduction of mixed duet in two new events – technical and free. The addition of three new member federations in Gabon, St-Maarten and Belize brings Fina membership up to 207.
Following the meetings Fina president Julio Maglione said: “After this Congress, Fina has improved tools to continue developing its activities. We live in a very competitive sports market, and as a leading international federation, we need to have the best possible rules to face the inevitable challenges in this area.”