The World Aquatics governing body, formerly named FINA, has extended its partnership with Chinese bottled water supplier NongFu.
The partnership, extending a tie-up that began in 2019, maintains the water supplier as an official partner of select aquatics competitions.
The extension covers the World Aquatics Championships, World Aquatics Swimming Championships (25m), World Aquatics Artistic Swimming World Cup, World Aquatics Swimming World Cup, and the World Aquatics Diving World Cup.
Nongfu Spring water and the company’s branding will be present at the aforementioned World Aquatics events, as well as in new digital and social media campaigns.
Additionally, as part of the deal, Nongfu Spring will provide support for new development and learn-to-swim programs in China.
Towards the end of last year, the World Aquatics Bureau unanimously voted for a set of criteria that will allow athletes with Russian and Belarusian passports to participate in future World Aquatics competitions as Individual Neutral Athletes.
This process will be implemented by the Independent Aquatics Integrity Unit under criteria that include anti-doping measures, not showing active support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the omission of national flags and anthems.
Additionally, they are only allowed to compete in singles events, with only one athlete from Russia and one from Belarus allowed to be present per event.
In February 2023, World Aquatics replaced Russian city Kazan with Singapore for the hosting rights for the 2025 World Aquatics Championships, over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, after first awarding Kazan hosting rights in 2019.