PR 19 - FINA and Mikasa renew partnership
Lausanne (SUI) March 5, 2013 – FINA has extended its agreement with the Mikasa Corporation of Japan for the period 2013-2016. Mikasa will be the exclusive supplier of water polo balls for all FINA-governed water polo competitions during this four-year period, including the FINA World Championships, which will be held in Barcelona (ESP) in 2013 and in Kazan (RUS) in 2015.
Other FINA competitions part of this package are the annual series of the World Leagues (for men and women), the Junior World Championships (for men and women) in 2013 and 2015, the Youth World Championships (for men and women) in 2014 and 2016, and the World Cups (for men and women) in 2014.
“Mikasa has been a successful partner of FINA and plays an essential role in the development of the first Olympic team sport, Water Polo. The quality of its products and the modern and dynamic design of its balls are precious tools that contribute to enhance the beauty and exposure of this spectacular game, thus bringing a strong added-value to this discipline”, stated FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.
“For us at Mikasa Corporation, this day marks an important stage in our history. We look forward to a partnership lasting well into the future. With this renewed partnership, we sincerely hope that Mikasa Corporation will play an effective and productive role in the continued growth of Water Polo around the World”, said Mr. Taketoshi Saeki, President of Mikasa Corporation.