Arno Kamminga called on the international swimming association FINA on Friday to do something about swimmers who too often use the so-called 'dolphin kick', a much discussed and controversial swimming technique.

Currently, the current rules are regularly broken.

Recently, Ilya Shymanovich was accused of cheating at matches in the International Swimming League (ISL) in Budapest, where he allegedly used the 'dolphin kick' too often.

The Belarusian swimmer improved the world record in the 100-meter breaststroke (short course) at the national championships a month later.

Adam Peaty, who lost his record to Shymanovich, has already spoken out fiercely against cheaters in the swimming world and is now supported by Kamminga, who holds all the Dutch records in the breaststroke (short and long course).

"It is terrible when there is cheating in this way", says the Katwijker at

Swimming World


"Breaststroke is the most beautiful thing there is because many different techniques are possible, but it is not to be seen as swimmers using dolphin stairs. Then it is no longer a breaststroke."

Ilya Shymanovich is one of the swimmers accused of cheating.

Ilya Shymanovich is one of the swimmers accused of cheating.

Photo: Pro Shots

Kamminga sees that cheaters almost always get away

The FINA allows swimmers to use the dolphin ladder just after the start and when turning.

Since the swimming federation does not use underwater technology in many tournaments, many swimmers can use the much-discussed stroke with impunity more often.

Only at world championships and the Olympics will FINA use the technology to keep a close eye on possible illegal actions.

"We have been pushing the union for some time to use that technology more often, but that process takes a long time", the 25-year-old Kamminga is disappointed.

Swimmers who violate the rules at smaller tournaments will not be disqualified and if they win as a result, more and more people will do it. That's a very bad development. always people who don't obey the rules. "

André Cats, technical director of the KNZB, supports Kamminga's call.

“It is important that technology is used to make the breaststroke remain (or become again) a fair swimming stroke,” he writes on Twitter.