Kazan 2015: everything on good track!

Kazan 2015

A FINA delegation, led by its Executive Director Cornel Marculescu was on February 1-2, 2014 in Kazan (RUS) to discuss with local Organisers the status of preparation of the 16th FINA World Championships taking place from July 24 to August 9, 2015 in the capital of Tatarstan.

During the two-day meeting, all the most relevant aspects related to the organisation of FINA’s major event were reviewed, and included: competition schedule, venues, accommodation, transportation plan, visa procedures, marketing strategy, media and communication operations, accreditation, Host Broadcaster, ticketing, volunteers, security, Opening and Closing ceremonies, technology, social programme, and medical services.

For the first time in FINA history, these Championships will be immediately followed by the organisation of the FINA World Masters Championships, the most important FINA competition in terms of participation (8’000 to 10’000 masters athletes are expected to visit Kazan for this event). The additional operations related to the joint organisation of these two Championships were also analysed.

“With approximately 18 months to go, the level of preparation of the Kazan 2015 Organisers is excellent and we have no doubt that both the FINA World Championships and the subsequent FINA World Masters Championships will be superbly hosted. The Organising Committee structure is already fully operational and the number of permanent staff working at this stage is the best guarantee that the FINA Family will have a thrilling experience in Kazan during the summer of 2015”, considered the FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu.

On the Organising Committee side, its Director General Azat Kadyrov was also quite optimistic: “We’ve had two days of intensive work with the FINA delegation headed by Mr. Marculescu. We discussed almost all the issues that we had on the table, settled key target dates by which we will be synchronising the preparation for the World Championships, negotiated the competition programme. We addressed questions related to athletes’ transportation, accommodation, the Ceremonies. In addition, an important meeting was held to discuss the Masters competition”, said Mr. Kadyrov.

Meeting in Kazan - photo credit: Kazan 2015 Organising Committee

This meeting was also attended by Vladimir Salnikov, FINA Bureau Member and President of the Russian Swimming Federation. “All interested parties want the World Championships to be held to the highest standard, and want them to be better than the previous ones. We know that Kazan has a huge experience of delivering major international competitions; moreover, the upcoming championships will involve the same venues that had already been tried and tested at the 2013 Universiade. As for the new ones - two swimming pools, which will be erected at the Kazan Arena Stadium, they are something quite peculiar as nothing like this has ever been attempted in our country. There is a huge pressure on staff, but I hope that the championships will be unforgettable”, noted Mr. Salnikov, four-time Olympic champion.