Intense week for FINA
The last week of January has been quite intense for FINA, with two main events related to future editions of the FINA World Championships, and a Bureau meeting in Frankfurt, on the 28th and 29th.
On January 25, the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione was in Barcelona (ESP) to officially sign the contract for the organisation of the 15th FINA World Championships 2013 in the Catalonian capital. In the historical Saló de Cent of the Barcelona Town Hall, the FINA President was accompanied by the Mayor of the city Jordi Hereu and by the President of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation Fernando Carpena. Recalling the unforgettable moments lived in Barcelona during the 10th FINA World Championships in 2003, Dr. Maglione said: “If Barcelona 2003 was incredible, Barcelona 2013 will be extraordinary!”
Present in this ceremony were also many athletes from Spain, who deserved a special recognition from the FINA President: “I am glad that so many young competitors are in this room. You are the future of our Sport,” he said.
second row, fourth from left: FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione together with Mayor of the city Jordi Hereu
and President of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation Fernando Carpena
In Lausanne (SUI), on January 26, Dr. Julio C. Maglione welcomed the potential bidders to the organisation of the 16th FINA World Championships in 2015. Representatives from the National Federations of Hong Kong, Hungary, Korea, Morocco, and Russia attended a meeting where the complete information about the bidding process for these championships was provided. The vote by the Bureau on the host of the competition will take place next July with the occasion of the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN).
Dr. Julio C. Maglione with representatives from the National Federations of Hong Kong, Hungary, Korea, Morocco, and Russia
On January 28-29, in Frankfurt (GER), the FINA Bureau held its first 2011 meeting to examine and consider the recommendations from FINA’s 202 National Member Federations concerning the amendment of FINA Constitutional Rules. Following this meeting, the Bureau prepared a final document to be included in the call of the FINA Extraordinary Congress, to be held on July 21, 2011, during the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN). The delegates to this Congress will now vote the rules they consider more appropriate to have a stronger FINA in the 21st century.
Finally, the FINA Bureau nominated a new TSC Member (replacing Mr. Ben Ekumbo, who became Bureau member in December 2010): Mr. Olugbenga Lawal (from Nigeria). Moreover, it has chosen Canada (and the region of Niagara Falls) as the host of the 1st FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, in 2012. It also reviewed the minutes and recommendations of the FINA Committees and Commission that have met since the last Bureau meeting in December 2010 in Dubai: Technical Swimming Committee, Technical Synchronised Swimming Committee, Sports Medicine Committee, Doping Panel, Coaches Commission and Press Commission.