Dr. Khwaja Muhammed Sultanul Aziz is a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWSC) that is responsible for advising, analyzing, appointing, investigating, studying and recommending rules, regulations, protocols, procedures, equipment and specifications regarding the preparations and execution of open water swimming events sanctioned and organized by FINA, the world's governing body of aquatics.
He will be recognized and a speaker at the 2012 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on the RMS Queen Mary on 22 September 2012 in Long Beach, California.
Dr. Aziz is also the Honorary Lifetime Secretary General of the Asia Swimming Federation and former member of the FINA Sports Medicine Committee. He is a renowned microbiologist who is a Fellow with the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences who has traveled the world serving as an administrator and referee at professional marathon swims.
He received a B.Sc. (Hons.) and Master's degree from Dhaka University (Bangladesh) in 1956 and 1957, respectively, as well as his Ph.D. from Duke University (U.S.A.) in 1965 with Major in Botany, specializing in Marine Phycology.
History of TOWSC
In 1985, the FINA Bureau appointed a Long Distance Swimming Commission. Seven years later, the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee was formed in 1992. Allan M. Clarkson of Great Britain was nominated Chairman of the first committee. He was followed by Hans A. Beijer of the Netherlands, Sid Cassidy of the USA and Ronnie Wong of Hong Kong. The Honorary Secretaries of the Committee included Dale Petranech of the USA (1992-1996), Flavio Bomio of Switzerland (1996-2000), Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia (2000-2008) and Flavio Bomio (2008 - present).
Its members include:
1. Ronnie Wong Man Chiu, Chairman
2. Jorge Aurelio Delgado Panchana, Vice Chairman
3. Flavio Bomio, Honorary Secretary
4. Sid Cassidy, Member
5. Khwaja Aziz, Member
6. Valerijus Belovas, Member
7. Tomas Haces German, Member
8. Samuel Greetham, Member
9. Zouheir El Moufti, Member
10. Andrea Prayer, Member
11. John West, Member
12. Noam Zwi, Member
13. Washington Beltran, Events Sub-Committee
14. Hatem Seifallah Mohamed Ibrahim, Events Sub-Committee
15. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Events Sub-Committee
16. Dennis Miller, FINA Bureau Liaison
FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup Series
The FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup series consists of races in:
Lac St-Jean (Canada)
Lac Mégantic (Canada)
FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Series
The FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series consists of race in
Sante Fe-Coronda (Argentina)
Sumidero Canyon (Mexico)
Lac St-Jean (Canada)
Lac Memphrémagog (Canada)
Ohrid Lake (Macedonia)
Jabelah (Syria – cancelled in 2011)