DWS 2014, Monterrey: world-class divers ready to put on a show!
The world's best divers are in Monterrey (MEX) for the sixth and final leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014, taking place from June 6-8. At a press conference held on Thursday June 5, some of the best divers in action shared their feelings ahead of the competition this weekend.
"We are excited to compete in Monterrey, we want to show the result from hard-work training," said reigning World champion He Zi (CHN). Two-time World champion Qiu Bo added: "We all want to win, that's why we are here."
Italy's Tania Cagnotto, double World silver medallist in Barcelona, noted that the World Series "are the best in the world. There have been very close races, and it will be to the last stop."
Canadian Jennifer Abel said: "I am pleased with our performance in the World Series, to compete and be among the best with China, Italy, Mexico, etc." Compatriot Pamela Ware added: "Last weekend in Windsor, we performed our personal best, now we want to keep improving in Monterrey."
Cornel Marculescu, FINA Executive Director thanked the Mexican Swimming Federation and CONADE (Mexico's Ministry of Sport) for organising aquatic competitions in Mexico, while stressing that it is not the first time the city is home to an international event, recalling the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in 2008.
Jennifer Abel (CAN) speaking at the Press Conference - credit: Daniel Betanzos
Mr. Marculescu also spoke of the workshop held in Guadalajara days earlier ahead of the FINA World Championships in 2017. “These were two days of intensive meetings, where we have the support of Conade, through Jesus Mena and the Governor of the State of Jalisco, Aristoteles Sandoval. I'm sure 190 countries will be coming to Guadalajara in three year's time, we're really looking forward to it."
On the success of the World Series, Mr. Marculescu said it is thanks to the athletes, "because they are the best in the world participating in the show."
FINA, he noted, after the 2012 Olympic Games is among the top international federations concerning the audience "and diving has to do with this result, so I am grateful to the diving family for all their support and participation."