Cook Islands Aquatics Federation president, Romani Katoa is a newly elected executive board member of the Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur FINA or the International Swimming Federation. 21060925.
Cook Islander Romani Katoa was elected to the bureau of the International Swimming Federation executive board, also known as FINA, over the weekend.
election is a first for a Pacific Islander.
holding the role of Cook Islands Aquatics Federation (CIAF) president, Katoa
said, “I’m humbled and honoured to be elected by my peers across the Pacific,
to represent them at the highest level in swimming.
represent the smallest number of swimmers compared to any other continent and
would like to grow that significantly over the next few years.
are also focused on providing more pools for the 7 island countries that do not
have access to a proper 25m or 50m pool,” he said.
of water safety and drownings are still high in West Pacific countries and
‘Learn to Swim’ and ‘Swimming for All’ programmes will be beneficial, he added.
Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA) Congress Election was held
on June 5 and for the first time the elections were held via video conferencing
platform Zoom, with 185 countries participating.
was confirmed an Executive Bureau member for the Oceania Region from 2021 to
new FINA President Husain Al Musallam received 302 votes from the delegates
representing 183 National Federations (with 108 attending the Congress on site
and the remaining ones online).
International Swimming Federation is recognised by the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) for administering international competitions in water sports.