LEN (French: Ligue Européenne de Natation, English: European Swimming League) is the European governing body for aquatic sports affiliated to FINA — it is the Continental Association for Europe. It was formally organized in 1927 in Bologna, Italy, and since 2015 is headquartered in Nyon.
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LEN comprises 52 national swimming federations in Europe, and includes Israel which for Olympic-sport purposes is grouped with Europe. LEN is overseen by an elected Bureau (board) composed of Members representing 17 different Federations. LEN oversees aquatic sports in Europe: diving, swimming, open water swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo.
LEN organizes one championship (European Aquatics Championships), involving three of the five LEN disciplines (swimming, diving and synchronized swimming).
- European Aquatics Championships (held in even years; includes swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and Masters)
LEN organizes four more discipline championships (swimming (25m), diving, water polo and open water).
- Swimming (25m): European Short Course Swimming Championships (run every year, from 2015 run every second year)
- Diving: European Diving Championships (run every second year since 2009)
- Water Polo: European Water Polo Championship (run every second year)
- Open Water: European Open Water Championships (run every second year since 2016)
LEN also runs various competitions restricted to a younger age:
- Swimming: European Junior Swimming Championships (run every year)
- Diving: European Junior Diving Championships (run every year)
- Water Polo: U19 and U17 European Water Polo Championship (run every second year)
- Synchro: European Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships (run every year)
- Open Water: European Junior Open Water Championships (run every year)
- Swimming: European Masters Swimming Championships (run every second year)
The following national federations are part of LEN:
LEN European Water Polo Players of the YearEdit
2008: Peter Biros (HUN)
2008: Daniëlle de Bruijn (NED)
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