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Revolution: Men will participate in artistic swimming for the first time already in Paris 2024 Israel today


Men will now be eligible to compete in the team event that includes eight male and female athletes in each team from the upcoming Olympic Games


Men competing in artistic swimming will be able to participate in the Olympic Games for the first time, already in Paris 2024, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the request of the World Swimming Federation.

Men will now be eligible to compete in the team event, which includes eight male and female athletes in each team.

The new rules will allow a maximum of two men to participate in each squad at the games, with ten teams expected to participate in Paris.

"Aquatic sports are universal and men have proven themselves to be excellent artistic swimmers," said World Aquatic President Hussain Al-Muslim.

"I look forward to seeing this new dimension of artistic swimming in Paris. The inclusion of men in artistic swimming is a great credit to all those who have worked for many years to make this happen."

Artistic swimming, formerly known as synchronized swimming until 2017, has been in the Olympic Games since 1984 and this will be the first time men are eligible to compete.

Men have been allowed to compete in the event at the World Aquatic Championships since 2015. American Bill May was the first ever men's artistic swimming world champion in the first technical event in the mixed duet in 2015, before becoming a coach and one of the leading advocates for the change.

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Source: israelhayom

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