FINA, the international governing body of 6 aquatic disciplines, including swimming, has announced its 2021-2022 scholarship program. This will include 140 scholarships in swimming, diving and open water swimming – the highest number of scholarships since the program began in 2015.
The one-year scholarships are also renewable for the year 2022-2023.
The 2020-2021 scholarship program included 100 athletes (80 swimmers, 20 divers), making this year’s program a 40% increase.
57 swimmers and 5 divers who participated in the program participated in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
There are two avenues for FINA training scholarships. One includes an option administered by the national federation, where the FN offers a monthly budget and manages the stock exchange.
The second option program provides financial assistance to athletes to train at FINA training centers around the world. Current centers:
- FINA Development Center in Dakar, Senegal
- FINA Development Center in Kazan, Russia
- FINA Development Center in Franschhoek, South Africa
- FINA Training Center in Thanyapura, Thailand
- FINA Independent Training Center at Azura Florida Aquatics, USA
The scholarship includes up to $ 1,000 in travel allowance for athletes to travel to participate in a FINA qualifying event. Athletes who receive long-term scholarships may have those scholarships revoked if they do not qualify for the next major qualifying event.
The new program focuses on the upcoming World Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi (“World Short Course) and next summer’s World Aquatic Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.
Athletes who have been found guilty of doping offenses are not eligible for the program.
Among the program’s most famous alumni are Marcelo Acosta, who became the first El Salvadorian in history with an “A” Olympic Cup and also enjoyed success at the NCAA level, and the former All-American. of Florida Khader Baqlah of Jordan.
This is one of several programs aimed at increasing funding for athletes and federations since Kuwaiti Husain Al Musallam took over the presidency of FINA in June. This includes an increase in prize money at upcoming World Short Course Championships, the addition of more sports to create an “aquatic festival” around these World Short Course Championships, a new program to distribute televised income from their share of IOC television rights and the establishment of a new FINA development. Center in South Africa.
This gives him a mixed legacy so far in his short tenure at the helm of the program, with these new policies and distributions juxtaposed with ongoing investigations into a possible role in the ongoing FIFA corruption case.
Applications for the program opened on Monday September 6 and will close on September 26.