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We have published some photos, taken at the 2011 Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti, for those members and friends of IFJN who didn’t have a chance to personally witness this great event in Amsterdam.

And we have received a video from the Russian digital TV station CTV4, the official media partner of IFJN. This video contains images from their live-stream translation of the Men’s Finals and gives you a good impression of the unique atmosphere at the 2011 world championship. The video is in Russian with English subtitles.

The International Federation of Jala Neti would like to announce the official results of the 2011 Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti, held on 28 August 2011 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. IFJN is very proud that the 2011 edition was the largest Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti ever, with participants from 21 country. On the closing ceremony, Dr. Meyer, President of IFJN, announced that Jala Neti had been added as a demonstration sport to the 3rd Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, China in June 2012!

And these are the official results of the 2011 Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti. IFJN would like to congratulate the winners, especially Mr. Konyukhov, Russia (Федор Конюхов) who won his 3rd consecutive World Champion title, Mr. Patanjali, India (पतंजलि) who dominated the 10 litre class, and Mr. Clark (USA) who won Silver and Bronze in both classes.

Winners of the 2011 Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti

Fedor Konyukhov, Michael Clark, Gurumayi Patanjali

Men’s Final in the 5 litre class
1. Fedor Konyukhov, Russia
2. Michael Clark, USA
3. Gurumayi Patanjali, India,
4. Yang Lou Wing, China
5. David Baptiste, South-Africa

Men’s Final in the 10 litre class
1. Gurumayi Patanjali, India
2. David Baptiste, South-Africa
3. Michael Clark, USA
4. Fedor Konyukhov, Russia
5. Yang Lou Wing, China

Juniors’ Final (5 litre class only)
1. Bishan Pathan, India
2. Milan Nenadic, Croatia
3. Yao Xiang, China
4. Irfan Umrigar, India
5. David Armstrong, USA

Here is the official schedule of the Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti that will take place in the Emergo Sports Hall in Amstelveen on 28 August 2011 (Sunday).

10:00 CET – Registration and briefing of participants in the Grand Hotel Amstelveen
12:00 CET – Bus leaves for the championship venue, the Emergo Sports Hall
13:00 CET – Opening of the Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti
13:15 CET – Men’s Qualifications
14:15 CET – Juniors’ Semi-Final
15:00 CET – Men’s Semi-Finals
15:45 CET – Women’s Demonstration
16:30 CET – Juniors’ Final
17:00 CET – Men’s Finals
18:00 CET – Closing and awards ceremony
19:00 CET – Bus leaves for the Grand Hotel Amstelveen
20:00 CET – Final dinner at the Grand Hotel Amstelveen

The Technical Committee of IFJN has received a number of proposals and questions from our members regarding the Jala Neti technique approved by the federation and allowed on the official tournaments of IFJN. The reason for these questions is that Jala Neti evolves. And that some athletes experiment with the Jala Neti technique to improve their results. The Technical Committee of IFJN, chaired by Dr. Wang, discussed this matter and unanimously took the following decision:

“IFJN is responsible for guarding the Jala Neti’s heritage and encouraging millions of people around the world to use the proper Jala Neti technique. That is why the Technical Committee of IFJN decides not to amend rules of the official tournaments, organised by IFJN. Athletes participating in the official IFJN tournaments are only allowed to use their nose. They are still allowed to use their breath to increase the speed and volume of the water running through the nose.
The Technical Committee declines the proposal submitted by the American Jala Neti Association to allow an alternative Jala Neti technique, where athletes could use their mouth (the athlete would sniff the water into the mouth and spit it out). This technique clearly contradicts the centuries-old tradition of Jala Neti.”

Please, view the instruction video demonstrating the proper Jala Neti technique, provided by our sponsor Aqua Maris.

The International Jala Neti Federation (IFJN) is delighted to confirm the details of the largest Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti ever staged. The venue will be the Emergo Sports Hall in Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The official hotel of the world championship is the Grand Hotel Amstelveen. The competition will take place on 28 August 2011 (Sunday). The exact competition programme will be published in August.

The venue is easy to reach both by public transport and by car. There is a direct bus (bus 300, direction Amsterdam Arena) from the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Please, ask a bus driver to stop at Langerhuize and follow the signs placed by IFJN. If you travel by car, drive to A9, take exit 4-Ouderkerk a/d Amstel toward Amstelveen-Oost and follow the signs Emergo Sports Hall.

Tickets can be bought at the venue. The official registration of participants will take place at the Grand Hotel Amstelveen on 28 August 2011. Please, don’t hesitate to contact the federation by e-mailing to, in case you have any questions or need our assistance.

We would like to announce that the 2011 Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on August 28, 2011. It is already the fourth world championship organized by the International Federation of Jala Neti. The 2011 edition is sponsored by our partner Aqua Maris. More information about the exact location and participants will follow shortly. The Aqua Maris World Championship will be followed by the Adriatic Jala Neti Cup on 24 September 2011 in Rijeka, Croatia, and the Open American Jala Neti Championship in November 2011 in Orlando, USA.

Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti 2011

Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti 2011

The congress of the International Federation of Jala Neti is proud to announce its decision to name Fedor Konyukhov (Russia) the Jala Neti Athlete of 2010. Currently ranked first in the world, Mr. Konyukhov (Федор Владимирович Конюхов) was honoured for winning Gold of the Aqua Maris World Championship Jala Neti in 2010. He also did well in other tournaments of IFJN, winning Bronze of the Adriatic Jala Neti Cup and Gold of the Open American Jala Neti Championship in 2010.

IFJN would also like to congratulate runners-ups Gurumayi Patanjali (India) and Michael Clark (USA). Mr. Patanjali won 3 medals in 2010 proving that he is one of the best athletes in the history of our sport. He was the first Indian to win the prestigious Adriatic Jala Neti Cup in 2003, and of course, he was the first World Champion Jala Neti in 2008.
Mr. Clark entered the Top 10 in the IFJN ranking just two years ago. He surprised many of us by defeating Mr. Konyukhov and Mr. Patanjali on the 2010 Adriatic Jala Neti Cup and by winning Silver of the 2010 Aqua Maris World Championship.

In reaction to this announcement, Mr. Konyukhov said: “I’m very happy to win this title. This gives me a lot of encouragement in my preparations for big tournaments of 2011. Especially for the Aqua Maris World Championship in August, where I hope to become the World Champion for the third time”.

Fedor Konyukhov - Jala Neti Athlete 2010

Mr. Konyukhov - Jala Neti Athlete 2010

The International Federation of Jala Neti would like to announce that the Executive Committee of IFJN was re-elected for another 5 years by the IFJN congress in London, UK. The congress also approved the 2010 annual report presented by Dr. Joachim Meyer, President of IFJN. In his speech, Dr. Mayer expressed gratitude to all members of IFJN for their dedication to the main objective of IFJN – promoting Jala Neti around the world. He also expressed the hope that the International Olympic Committee will come back on their decision to suspend demonstration sports from the Olympic Games programme, so that IFJN and other federations representing non-Olympic sports would have a chance to share their sport with the world.

The Executive Committee of IFJN consists of the following three members:

  • Dr. Joachim Meyer (Switzerland), President
  • Dr. Li Wang (China), Vice-President
  • Mr. Vladimir Trofimov (Russia), Treasurer
Executive Committee of International Federation Jala Neti

The Executive Committee of the International Federation of Jala Neti

New IFJN ranking announced

The International Federation of Jala Neti has announced the new IFJN ranking for 2011, based on results of the official IFJN tournaments held in 2010. We would like to congratulate Mr. Fedor Konyukhov (Russia) who has been holding the IFJN’s no. 1 spot for the consecutive third year. The Federation also welcomes return of Mr. Yang Lou Wing (China) to the top 10 after his absence due to a heavy injury. And finally, we would like to congratulate all the Jala Neti athletes whose tremendous performance earned them the Top 10 position in the IFJN ranking (the full IFJN ranking can be ordered by IFJN members by sending an e-mail to

This is the Top 10 according to the new IFJN ranking:

  1. Fedor Konyukhov (Russia) 2146 points
  2. Yang Lou Wing (China) 1974 points
  3. Gurumayi Patanjali (India) 1848 points
  4. Michael Clark (USA) 1798 points
  5. Gajapathi Kumar (India) 1484 points
  6. David Baptiste (South Afrika) 1472 points
  7. Yao Xiang (China) 1422 points
  8. Lucas Friedrich (Germany) 1288 points
  9. Guo Li (China) 1264 points
  10. Vijay Umrigar (India) 1232 points

The International Federation of Jala Neti has joined the international fight against doping by accepting the World Anti-Doping Code, developed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The Code is the core document containing the framework for harmonized anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities. It works in conjunction with five International Standards aimed at bringing harmonization among anti-doping organizations in the areas of testing, laboratories, prohibited substances and methods.

Members of IFJN and athletes participating in world championships Jala Neti, organized by IFJN, can download the World Anti-Doping Code here.

World Anti-Doping Code

World Anti-Doping Code