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, 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 (Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials are, however, banned from every FINA event through the end of 2022):
LEN European water polo players of the yearEdit
2008: Peter Biros (HUN)
2008: Daniëlle de Bruijn (NED)
Russian and Belarusian bansEdit
On 3 March 2022, LEN indefinitely banned Russians and Belarusians from competing at any LEN event to show support for Ukraine in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine in addition to banning LEN events from being held in Russia and Belarus.
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- "LEN agrees not to invite Russian and Belarusian teams and supports Ukrainian athletes". LEN. 3 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
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