Introduction
Introduction
Introduction of Diving (Updated as of 25 Jan 2016)

Eligibility Rules For Diving Representatives of Hong Kong

Divers who have valid HKASA athlete registration (Diving Discipline) and should continuously reside in Hong Kong for over one year can dive in local Diving Championships organized by HKASA (i.e. Hong Kong Age Group Diving Championships, Hong Kong Open Diving Championships and Hong Kong Novice Diving Championships) and be eligible to hold Hong Kong Diving Competition records. 

Registered divers must fulfill the following requirements to represent Hong Kong in international diving competitions,

I.  Divers must be holders of HKSAR passport*.

II.  Divers who were born in Hong Kong and have never represented any other country in any sport at any level. 

III.  Divers who were born in Hong Kong and have represented another country in sport.  These Divers must first reside in Hong Kong over three years * and then file a petition with the HKASA to change their sporting nationality to Hong Kong. Divers must continue to meet the Diving Residency Requirements. 

IV.  Divers who were not born in Hong Kong. These Divers must first reside in Hong Kong over three years*, and then file a petition to the HKASA for Hong Kong sports nationality.  Divers must continue to meet the Diving Residency Requirements. 

V.  Divers should fulfill eligibility rules as set by International Olympic Committee (“IOC”), International Swimming Federation (“FINA”), Asian Swimming Federation (“AASF”) and Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (“SF & OC”) and applied to respective competitions.

VI.  Divers should actively participate in diving competitions held by the HKASA in the past three years.

VII.  Divers should have good attitude and discipline.

VIII.  Divers should reach the “Basic Requiring Scores” for oversea diving competitions set by the HKASA.

IX.  For the divers who need to leave Hong Kong and temporarily reside elsewhere due to further education, they must participate in the Hong Kong Open Diving Championships held by the HKASA every year.

X.  If HKASA cannot arrange a selection trial for a specific oversea competition, the result of the divers in the latest Hong Kong Open Diving Championships would be used to select suitable athletes for open format competitions. For age group format competitions, the results of the latest Hong Kong Age Group Diving Championships would be used.

*  Divers must be holders of HKSAR passport to take part in major international competition.

*  The three years residency rules stipulates that the diver's normal residence must be in Hong Kong for the entire year immediately before the diver's registration/petition to the HKASA as a Hong Kong Diver.  The residency must be for a continuous period of at least three years and is NOT an accumulation of the time a Diver has spent in Hong Kong over a period of time.

Diving General Residency Requirement

Divers must fall into one the following two categories in order to satisfy the Diving Residency Requirement:

Category A

Divers who generally reside in Hong Kong.

Category B

Divers who need to leave Hong Kong and temporarily reside elsewhere due to further education must fulfill the following:

A.  Divers may not represent any other country in any sport at any level.

B.  Divers must stay in touch with the HKASA Diving Committee through their respective club, coach, or National Coach.

C.  Diver's family must reside in Hong Kong.

Should any dispute arise from the above rules or if any situation occurs which is not covered by the above rules, a final decision will be made by a duly constituted meeting of the Diving Committee.

In order for RECORDS obtained in overseas competitions to be recognized in Hong Kong, Divers must obtain prior sanction from the HKASA to compete at the overseas meet.