Men to compete in Olympic Artistic Swimming for first time at Paris 2024


Male athletes will likely be allowed to compete in Olympic Artistic Swimming occasions for the primary time on the Paris 2024 Olympic Video games, the aquatic sports activities’ world governing physique FINA stated on Thursday.

The information comes after the Worldwide Olympic Committee authorised World Aquatics’ request to allow the inclusion of males on the Video games. Artistic Swimming was often called Synchronized Swimming till 2017.

On the Paris Olympics, males will likely be permitted within the crew Artistic Swimming occasion. Every crew is made up of eight athletes, with a most of two males allowed per crew.

“This is a day of celebration for those who have campaigned for the inclusion of men in the sport at the Olympic Games and who have pioneered men’s participation,” stated FINA in an announcement.

Men have been allowed to compete within the sport on the World Aquatics Championships since 2015.

“Aquatics sports are universal and men have proven themselves to be excellent artistic swimmers,” World Aquatics President Husain Al-Musallam stated of the rule change.

“I look forward to seeing this new dimension of artistic swimming being shared with the world in Paris. The inclusion of men in artistic swimming is a great credit to all those who have worked for many years to make this happen.”

Christina Jones and Bill May of the US pose with their gold medals after the synchronised swimming mixed duet technical final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in June 2015.

American athlete Invoice Might, who grew to become the inaugural winner of the blended duet technical occasion alongside Christina Jones in 2015, hailed the landmark announcement.

“The inclusion of men in Olympic Artistic Swimming was once considered the impossible dream,” Might stated.

“This proves that we should all dream big. The male athletes have endured. Now, through their perseverance and the help and support of so many, all athletes may stand alongside each other equally, reaching for Olympic glory,” Might added.