FINA to consider age restrictions at World Championships

Alzain Tareq of Bahrain looks on after the Women's 50m Freestyle heats on day fifteen of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 8, 2015
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FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu reveals that the topic of age limits is likely to be discussed at their next meeting in November.

The participation of Alzain Tareq at last month's World Swimming Championships could lead to age restrictions being put in place, according to FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu.

Tareq, a 10-year-old from Bahrain, featured in the women's 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly despite failing to meet the qualifying standards, and Marculescu admits that discussions will likely take place in November regarding possible amendments to the current criteria.

Marculescu told Reuters: "We have age rules for the juniors, and for all the other disciplines at the World Championships, but in swimming we don't have limits.

"Now this story has come up, probably we will look at this at our next (FINA) meeting we have in November in Dubai."

Despite currently being eligible to compete at the senior event, Tareq can't compete at the juniors, with participants needing to be 14 years of age.

Alzain Tareq of Bahrain looks on after the Women's 50m Freestyle heats on day fifteen of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 8, 2015
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