WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS SUMMONS


I. SUMMONS FOR VIII WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
January 8-18,1998 - Perth (AUS)


The Fédération International de Natation Amateur (FINA) hereby notifies
and invites all affiliated Federations to participate in the VIII World
Championships on the following basis:

1. HOST, PLACE AND DATE OF COMPETITIONS
The Host for these Championships, Australian Swimming, Inc., has established
an Organizing Committee which shall be in charge of the preparation and
organization of the competitions under the control and supervision of the
FINA Bureau.

The events will be held in Perth, Australia, with a date schedule as follows:
	Opening ceremony:		8 January 1998
	Dates of Competition:		8-18 January 1998
	Closing Ceremony:		18 January 1998
	Date of Departure:		19 January 1998
	Dates of Congresses:		5-6 January 1998 (See item 15)

2. ORGANIZING COMMITTEE ADDRESS
Federations should communicate with the Organizing Committee whose
address follows:

Organizing Committee of the VIII Swimming World Championships
Sports House
P.O. Box 1998
Wembley-Perth
Western Australia, AUS
Tel: (61-9) 284 1998
Fax: (61-9) 284 1122


All entries must be sent by certified air mail by the dates specified in Item 3.

SECRETARIAT STRUCTURE
Chairman : Tom Hoad
Executive Director : Alan Melchert
Sports & Operations Director : Lynne Bates
Accommodation Manager : Gail Rogerson
Operations Manager : Shane Walsh
Media Manager : Ron Berryman
Volunteer Services Co-ordinator : Lorraine Ragus
Executive Secretary : Pam Illingworth
Marketing Co-ordinator : Rachel Goff

3. REGISTRATION, NOTIFICATION AND ENTRY FORMS
There will be three successive entry forms to provide information to the
Organizing Committee and to enter the Championships. The entry forms are
as follows:

3.1 - First provisional entry form due to be received by the Organizing
Committee by the 1st of September 1997.

The first provisional entry form is for the purpose of registering National
Federations, and indicating to the Organizing Committee the disciplines in
which the Federation intends to enter teams. This provisional entry form will
be mailed in the month of March 1997 to all FINA member Federations,
and must be returned, air mail, and received by the Organizing Committee
not later than the 1st of September 1997.

3.2 - Second preliminary entry form to be received by the Organizing
Committee by the 1st of December 1997.

The second preliminary entry form is for the purpose of indicating to the
Organizing Committee the maximum number of competitors, representatives,
coaches, official delegates, chaperons, etc., which each Federation intends to
register in each discipline. This form will be mailed to each Federation that
submits a first provisional entry form by the 1st of September 1997 and must
be returned and received by the Organizing Committee by the 1st of December
1997. The number of competitors mentioned in the second preliminary entry
form in each event shall not be increased. In addition, the second entry form
will be the final entry form for Long Distance swimmers, and must identify
by name all swimmers who will compete in the Long Distance event.

3.3 - Final entry form to be received by the Organizing Committee by
midnight on the 28th of December 1997.

The final entry form will register each competitor (other than Long Distance
swimmers) by name, indicating the event or events in which that competitor
will be participating, and providing any other information to the Organizing
Committee. The final entry form will be mailed to each Federation that
submits a second preliminary entry form by the 1st of December 1997.
The final entry form must be returned and received by the Organizing
Committee not later than midnight on the 28th of December 1997. This date
must be strictly enforced by the Organizing Committee. Absolutely no late
entries will be accepted.

3.4 - All entry forms must be signed by the President or Secretary of the
Federation holding FINA membership.


3.5 - All entry forms must be completed in quadruplicate. The original and
two copies should be sent to the Organizing Committee; the remaining copy
to be retained by the sender. The Organizing Committee will transmit the
original form to the FINA Honorary Secretary and retain two copies.


4. NUMBER OF COMPETITORS ALLOWED BY EACH FEDERATION
The maximum number of competitors allowed from each Federation for
each discipline is:
	Swimming (men)			- 26
	Swimming (women)		- 26
	Diving (men)			- 10 (maximum)*
	Diving (women)			- 10( maximum)*
	Synchronized Swimming   	- 10
	Water Polo (men)		- 13
	Water Polo (women)		- 13
	Long Distance (men)     	-  2 + 2 (5 + 25 km)
	Long Distance (women)   	-  2 + 2 (5 + 25 km)
*Revised per FINA News (October 25, 1997)
A competitor must be a citizen by birth or naturalization of the country which
registers him (FINA Rule GR 2.4).


5. REGISTRATION AND QUALIFICATION OF COMPETITORS

5.1 - Swimming
Each Federation may enter no more than two competitors per individual event,
regardless of standards. There is no limit on the number of events in which
each competitor may enter.

a. (BL 6.3.6.2) For each relay event, each Member may enter only one team.
All swimmers entered can be used in relays.

b. (BL 6.3.6.3) The composition of a relay team may be changed between
heats and finals of an event.

c. (BL 6.3.6.4) The names of swimmers actually swimming on a relay must
be submitted at least one hour before the start of the session in which the
event is to take place, in the order in which they are to swim. The names of
the swimmers in medley relay events must be listed for their respective strokes.

d. (BL 6.3.6.5) Each Member may enter a maximum of 26 men and 26
women swimmers.

5.2 - Open Water Swimming
Each Member may enter a maximum of two male and two female competitors
per competition and there shall be a team event.

5.3 - Diving
For each Diving event, each Member may enter a maximum of 2 competitors,
regardless of standards.

The precise list of dives a participant is to perform shall be submitted to the
Diving secretary in accordance with FINA Rule D 3.1.1.

5.4 - Water Polo:

5.4.1 - The men's competition shall be between a maximum of sixteen teams
selected in the following manner:

a. (BL 6.3.10.2.2) The five highest ranking teams from the preceding World
Cup 1997, one team from the host country (AUS) and ten teams from the
five continents to be selected through a qualifying tournament or continental
championship. The ten teams from the continents shall be selected according
to the following formula: Europe (4), Americas (2), Asia (2), Africa (1) and
Oceania (1).

b. (BL 6.3.10.2.3) The highest qualifying team(s) from the continental
qualifying tournament or continental championships shall be entitled to
represent that continent; if any team does not accept, then the next highest
ranking team willing to accept and participate in the World Championships
shall qualify.
These continental tournaments must be completed by the 24th of August 1997.

c. (BL 6.3.10.2.4) If the host country is already included in the five highest
ranking teams from the 1997 World Cup, then the entry position shall be filled
by the next highest placed team from that World Cup.

d. (BL 6.3.10.2.5) If another one of the five highest ranking teams from the
preceding World Cup does not enter, then that position shall be filled from
the next highest placed team from that World Cup.

e. (BL 6.3.10.2.6) If no team enters from a continent or if there is an unfilled
vacancy from among the teams qualifying from the previous World Cup, then
each vacancy for the World Championship shall be filled by the next highest
placed team(s) from the continental qualifying tournament or continental
championships with the following rotation; Americas, Europe, Oceania and
so on.

5.4.2 - Men's competitions shall be conducted in accordance with FINA
Rule BL 6.4.2.

5.4.3 - The women's competition shall be between a maximum of twelve
teams selected as follows:

a. (BL 6.3.10.3.2) The six highest ranking teams from the preceding World
Cup 1997, one team from the host country (AUS) and one team from each of
the five continents to be selected through a qualifying tournament or continental
championship.

b. (BL 6.3.10.3.3) The highest qualifying team(s) from the continental
qualifying tournament or continental championship shall be entitled to
represent that continent; if any team does not accept, then the next highest
ranking team willing to accept and participate in the World Championships
shall qualify. These continental tournaments must be completed by
August 24, 1997.

c. (BL 6.3.10.3.4) If the host country is already included in the five highest
ranking teams from the 1997 World Cup, then the entry position shall be
filled by the next highest placed team from that World Cup.

d. (BL 6.3.10.3.5) If any other of the six highest ranking teams from the
preceding World Cup does not enter, then that position shall be filled by
the next highest placed team from that World Cup.

e. (BL 6.3.10.3.6) If no team enters from a continent, or if there is an
unfilled vacancy from among the teams qualifying from the previous
World Cup, then each vacancy for that World Championship shall be filled
by the next highest placed team(s) from the continental qualifying tournament
or continental championship with the following rotation: host Continent,
Continents other than the host Continent (in order and as applicable): Europe,
Americas, then Asia and so on.

5.4.4 - Women's competitions shall be conducted in accordance with
FINA Rule BL 6.4.1.2.10.

5.4.5 - The list of players for any game must be in the hands of the referee
not less than 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the game. Each player
shall retain the same cap number through the whole tournament.

5.4.6 - The tournament scores shall be: 2 points for the winner, 0 points for
the loser, and 1 point for a tie.

5.5 - Synchronized Swimming

5.5.1 - In Synchronized Swimming, each Member may enter not more than
ten competitors.

5.5.2 - Each country and each competitor may compete in solo, duet and
team events.

5.5.3 - A Federation may enter only one entry in solo events, one entry in
duet events, and one entry in team events.

5.5.4 - In the team event, a team must be composed of eight competitors.

5.5.5 - The total number of swimmers entered by each Federation may not
exceed ten (SS 4.2).

5.5.6 - The entry shall designate the name of the solo entry, the names of the
duet entry and the alternate and the team entries and alternates (SS 4.3.1).


6. TECHNICAL MEET OFFICIALS

6.1 - List of Officials

According to the FINA News (October 25, 1997), the number of Team
Officials has been revised in the following way:

SWIMMING
Competitors
Swimming - Men				26
Swimming - Women			26
Team Officials
1-2 competitor/s			 1
3-5 competitors				 2
6-10 competitors			 3
11-20 competitors			 4
21-30 competitors			 5
31-40 competitors			 6
over 41 competitors			 8
DIVING
Competitors (maximum)
Men					10
Women					10
Team Officials
1-2 competitor/s			 1
3-5 competitors				 2
6-10 competitors			 3
11-20 competitors			 4
WATER POLO
Competitors
Men					13
Women					13
Team Officials
3 Officials for each team entered
SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING
Competitors (maximum)			10
Team Officials
2 Officials
OPEN WATER SWIMMING
Competitors (maximum)
Swimming - Men				2 + 2 (5 km + 25 km)
Swimming - Women			2 + 2 (5 km + 25 km)
Team Officials
1 Accompanying person for each 25 km swimmer
1-4 Competitors - 1 Team Official
5-8 Competitors - 2 Team Officials
6.2 - Required Days of Duty
For each official selected by the FINA Bureau must be available at the
competitions for the number of days of their relevant competition, plus three
days before the start of the competition, and one day following the conclusion
of the competition and duty, as follows:


	a. Medical				- 15 days (5-18 January)
	b. Swimming				- 11 days (8-18 January)
	c. Long Distance Swimming		- 10 days (9-18 January)
	d. Diving				- 15 days (5-18 January)
	e. Men's Water Polo			- 15 days (5-18 January)
	f. Women's Water Polo			- 15 days (5-18 January)
	g. Synchronized Swimming		- 15 days (5-18 January)
	h. Senior Jury of Appeals		- 15 days (5-18 January)


7. EXPENSES OF TRAVEL, LODGING AND FOOD
Room and three meals per day will be provided for all the Technical Meet
Officials, from Federations selected by the FINA Bureau, with the exception
of Water Polo referees; one Water Polo referee per team (men and women)
will be provided accommodation and meals free of charge. The expenses for
the second Water Polo referee will be supported by their team.
ALL OFFICIALS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN TRAVEL
EXPENSES.



8. TEAM OFFICIALS

8.1 - Individuals who are serving as Team Officials (coaches, managers,
chaperons, etc.) cannot serve as Technical Meet Officials.

8.2 - Each Federation shall be allowed to include in its delegation Team
Officials (coaches, managers, trainers, chaperons, etc.) in each discipline in
a number dependent upon the number of competitors entering and participating
in accordance with the following:

8.2.1 - Swimming and Diving (the following numbers refer to the combined
numbers of competitors entered and participating in Swimming and Diving):
- Less than 10 competitors, 3 Team Officials
- 11 - 20 competitors, 4 Team Officials
- 21 - 30 competitors, 5 Team Officials
- 31 - 40 competitors, 6 Team Officials
- Over 41 competitors, 8 Team Officials

8.2.2 - Water Polo
Three Team Officials for each team entered.

8.2.3 - Synchronized Swimming Two Team Officials

8.3 - In addition to the number of Team Officials provided above, each
Federation is entitled to bring one medical personnel.

8.4 - The number of Team Officials may be increased after all second
preliminary entries are received if practicable upon the request of the teams
showing their necessity and approved by the FINA Honorary Secretary.


9. AWARDS (GR 10.8)

9.1 - Gold, silver and bronze medals shall be awarded to the first three places
in individual and team final events.

9.2 - Diplomas shall be awarded to all eight finalists in individual events and
to the first six finalists in team events.

9.3 - Trophies for the highest scoring national teams, male and female, in
swimming, diving and water polo and the highest scoring national team in
synchronized swimming.

9.4 - Commemorative medals for all those connected officially with the
Championships.


10. SCORING (GR 10.9)

10.1 - Points are awarded to all finalists, according to the following points
distribution for each discipline.

10.2 - Swimming (GR 10.9.1)

Individual
"B" finals - 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points
"A" finals - 18, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10 points

Relay
"B" finals - 18, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 points
"A" finals - 36, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20 points

One Trophy shall be awarded to the individual competitor, either male or
female, scoring the highest points in the swimming events upon the following:

First Place		5 points
Second Place 		3 points
Third Place		2 points
Fourth Place		1 point
Ind. World Record 	2 points for each record broken
If there is a tie, performances will be compared with the World Records and
a decision made by the Swimming Commission.

10.3 - Open Water Swimming Scoring will be 18 points for first place, 16 points for second place,
14 for third, 12 for fourth, 10 for fifth, 8 for sixth, 6 for seventh, 5 for eighth,
etc. and 1 point for twelfth place.

10.4 - Diving
Scoring will be 18 points for first place, 16 points for second place,
14 for third, 12 for fourth, 10 for fifth, 8 for sixth, 6 for seventh, 5 for eighth,
etc. and 1 point for twelfth place. For synchronized diving the points will be
awarded as per synchronized swimming duet event.

10.5 - Synchronized Swimming
Solo: 24 points for first place, 22 points for second place, etc., and 2 points
for twelfth place.
Duet: 36 points for first place, 33 points for second place, etc., and 3 points
for twelfth place.
Team: 72 points for first place, 66 points for second place, etc., and 6 points
for twelfth place.

10.6 - Water Polo
First place to sixteenth place is determined by placing in the tournament.
No assignment of points is necessary.


11. RULES
The Championships will be held under FINA Rules in force at the time of
the Championships.


12. PENALTIES FOR WITHDRAWAL
FINA Rules GR 8 and GR 10.2 will govern in the event of withdrawals and
the cumulative penalties provided therein shall be assessed. The Commissions
shall be responsible for checking and keeping records of withdrawals in
their disciplines, and reporting such to the Honorary Secretary and Honorary
Treasurer.


13. ADVERTISING
FINA Rule GR 7 should be applied as follows:

GR 7.1 - Technical equipment worn when in the water:
The competitor is not permitted to wear any visible form of advertising
exceeding 16 square centimetres in each area.

GR 7.2 - Pool deck equipment:
Towels and bags may carry two advertisements. Track suits and Officials'
uniforms may carry two advertisements on the top and two on the trousers or
skirt. The logo of the manufacturer or sponsor may be repeated, but the same
name may be used only once on each article or garment.

GR 7.3 - Body advertisement is not allowed in any way whatsoever.

GR 7.4 - Advertising for tobacco or alcohol is not allowed.


14. IDENTITY CARDS
The Organizing Committee will send to each Federation at the appropriate
time identity cards for each participant. These cards will be exchanged in
Perth for credentials. All participants must apply for visas. The Organizing
Committee assures that no participants will be denied a visa.


15. CONGRESSES
Technical Congresses
and an Extraordinary General Congress (if required)
will be held in Perth. The schedule for the Congresses are as follows:

Swimming:		09h00	5 January 1998
Diving:			11h00	5 January 1998
Water Polo:		15h00	5 January 1998
Synchro Swimming:	09h00	6 January 1998
Open Water Swimming:	11h30	6 January 1998
General:		15h00	6 January 1998
Exact place to be announced. If a Congress cannot be concluded
in the designated time, it may continue on the following day.


16. CONTROL OF EVENTS

16.1 - Management Committee
The Management Committee shall consist of the Members of the Bureau.

16.2 - Juries of Appeal

16.2.1 - Senior Jury of Appeal
The Senior Jury of Appeal shall be the members and the Honorary Members
of the Bureau.

16.2.2 - Primary Jury of Appeal
The Primary Jury of Appeal in each discipline shall be the Commission
appointed for the discipline; each Commission shall consist of the Technical
Committee Liaison (who shall be the Chairman), the Chairman and the
Honorary Secretary of the Technical Committee.

16.3 - FINA Representatives and Technical Delegates

16.3.1 - FINA Representatives
The FINA Representatives to the Organizing Committee are:
President Mustapha Larfaoui and Honorary Secretary Gunnar Werner.

16.3.2 - Technical delegates
The Technical Delegates to the VIII World Championships will be:
	Swimming:			Roger Smith
	Diving:				Eldon Godfrey
	Water Polo:			Guillermo Martinez
	Synchronized Swimming:		Gennady Aleshin
	Long Distance Swimming:		Manuel de Jesus
	Medical:			Dr. D. Olu Asekun

Dated this 20th day of December 1996

Mustapha Larfaoui
President
Gunnar Werner
Honorary Secretary

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