Official blueseventy Statement on FINA Ruling
New Zealand -- May 19, 2009
Today FINA released its list of approved suits for
the World Championships in July. FINA rejected 10 high-tech racing suits and
approved 199 others with 136 swimsuits to be modified in accordance with the
"Dubai Charter". blueseventy submitted 11 models of suits for FINA approval, including tights and jammers. At this time, blueseventy suits are not listed on FINA's site as approved models, including the models that had previously been submitted (in late 2007) and had received approval.
blueseventy is stunned by this omission. "As a company, and personally, we
were very comfortable with the criteria for testing that FINA had outlined, our
suits passed well under the threshold for buoyancy and thickness proposed by
them," stated blueseventy's Global Marketing Manager, Dean Jackson. "We
have had confirmation that our suits passed the independent laboratory testing
for both of these tests."
Officially blueseventy is classified as one of the suits that "may cause significant air trapping when worn by the swimmers." However, there are several other similar brands with suits that use exactly the same fabric, with a similar
construction, that have passed without a problem. This confusing situation has
led the company to seek clarification directly from FINA and blueseventy is
awaiting their response.
blueseventy has 30 days to make modifications to the suit so that it no longer
traps air, but the system around this is unclear since trapping air is not a
measurable value and the subjective nature of this "testing" is not black or
while. Initially the Dubai Charter and resubmission of these suits was in order to gain acceptance for the Rome World championships and it is blueseventy's
understanding that previously approved suits remain legal for all competitions.
"We are dedicated to working on the best solution to the short-term situation
and will work closely with FINA on this process," said Roque Santos, blueseventy
Vice President of Swimming. "Most importantly, we care about swimmers, we
care about our company and we care about fair play for all brands in this
blueseventy, aptly named to suggest 70% of the earth covered in water, is the
world leader in triathlon and open water wetsuits, swimskins and googles. Since
1993, the Seattle-based company has designed, tested, refined and
crafted products using superior materials and revolutionary details that equate
to comfort, freedom from restriction and ultimately a competitive advantage in
the water. blueseventy products have instilled confidence in beginners as well
as carried world-class athletes to victory. blueseventy products can be found in
more than 250 retail locations across the U.S. and in 15 countries. For more
information, visit www.blueseventy.com. The water is open.