Swimming Federation of India

The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) is the apex body for swimming sport in India. The SFI is affiliated to FINA, the world governing body.

The SFI came into existence after the amalgamation of its predecessors, the National Swimming Association (NSA) and the Indian Swimming Federation (ISF). The two rival associations were at loggerheads over affiliation issues. While the Kolkata based NSA got affiliation from FINA in 1932-33, the ISF was supported by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

After much mudslinging the issue was resoled in 1948 with the intervention of then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the Swimming Federation of India came into being.

The SFI has failed miserably in raising the standards of Indian swimming. Poor emphasis on scientific training, inadequate infrastructure and indifferent planning and programming has led to the downfall of Indian swimmers.