FINA may set age minimum for World Swimming Championships

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FINA will probably look in November at instituting a minimum age to compete at the World Swimming Championships, according to Reuters.

It comes after a 10-year-old girl competed at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, earlier this month.

“We have age rules for the juniors, and for all the other disciplines at the World [Aquatics] Championships, but in swimming we don’t have limits,” FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu said, according to Reuters. “Now this story has come up, probably we will look at this at our next [FINA] meeting we have in November in Dubai.”

In Kazan, Bahrain’s Alzain Tareq finished 64th out of 64 swimmers in the 50-meter butterfly heats and 105th out of 113 finishers in the 50m freestyle heats. Here’s video of Tareq in the 50m butterfly.

Tareq said in Kazan that her goal was to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.

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