FINA Communications Department

Following the events surrounding the organisation of the Water Polo game between Spain and Israel, counting for the second round of the European preliminaries of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League, to be held in Barcelona (ESP), FINA would like to clarify:

- According to its Constitutional Rule C 4, "FINA shall not allow any discrimination against National Federations or individuals (competitors, officials, judges, delegates, etc.) on the grounds of race, gender, religion, or political affiliations";

- Therefore, FINA strongly condemns the actions of any political organisation aiming at disturbing the normal organisation of a sport competition between two Water Polo national teams;

- The competition has been directly organised by the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation and the City of Barcelona;

- After FINA was alerted to the difficulties in staging this match as originally scheduled, everything possible was done to avoid having to alter the date of the game, on November 6, 2018. This was achieved with success.