PR43 - Sweden is ready for a fantastic Masters celebration
After San Francisco (USA) in 2006 and Perth (AUS) in 2008, it is now the turn of the cities of Gothenburg, Boras and Molndal (SWE) to host the Federation’s biggest aquatics celebration in terms of participation, the FINA Masters World Championships, the 13th edition of which kicks off July 27 and concludes August 7, 2010.
Since 1990, Masters Athletes aged 25 to more than 90 years old come from every continent to compete in FINA’s five aquatic disciplines – swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and open water swimming –, promoting fitness, friendships and competition spirit, whether they have a former elite background or merely a genuine passion for the sport.
This year, 6,600 participants from 74 countries have answered the call of the Master movement, the majority of which will compete in swimming (about 5,000).
The venues are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second biggest city, and Boras, 60 kilometers away. The championship begins with individual diving on July 27 at the Valhalla Swimming Arena, while the synchronised events will be held at the Rosenlunds Swimming Arena (Jonkoping). Water polo games will take place from July 28 at the Swimming Arena (Boras). Swimmers will enter their races on July 31 at the Valhalla and Lundby Swimming Arenas (Gothenburg). Synchro swimmers will make the show from August 2 at the Aby Swimming Arena (Gothenburg and Molndal) while open water swims will be held in the Lake Delsjon, near Gothenburg, on the closing day, August 7.