FINA in Russia to discuss 2012 Aquatics Convention and 2015 World Championships
A FINA delegation was this week in Moscow (RUS) from February 13-15, 2012 to discuss with the local authorities the preparation of the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention, to be held on October 30-November 1, 2012 in the Russian capital and the 16th FINA World Championships, taking place in July 2015 in Kazan. The FINA President and IOC Member Dr. Julio C. Maglione and the FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu had meetings namely with Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation and with Vladimir Salnikov, Olympic champion and President of the Russian Swimming Federation.
"It is important to prepare these major two events, the FINA World Aquatics Convention later this year and the 2015 FINA World Championships. For the Convention, we intend to bring to Moscow the best administrators, officials and partners of the aquatic world, while in Kazan we hope to attract the best athletes of the planet and make these Championships the best in FINA history. All the preparations are running quite smoothly and I express my deep appreciation for the valuable support of the Russian Government and its Minister of Sports, but also from our privileged partner in this immense country, the Russian Swimming Federation. Their help is essential for the success of these events”, said FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.
From left to right: Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation, Dr. Julio C. Maglione, President of FINA
and Vladimir Salnikov, President of the Russian Swimming Federation - credit: Maksim Konyaev/Agency 'PR+Sport'
Vladimir Salnikov, the President of the Russian Swimming Federation considered that these milestones will be a “powerful motivation to the development of swimming” in the country. “It will bring more children and teenagers to aquatic sports and will allow the construction of swimming pools that are essential for further developing our Sport”, Salnikov added.