FINA President lights the Pan American flame
The FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione was on May 25, 2015 in the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, in Mexico, for the lighting of the flame for the 2015 Pan American Games, taking place in Toronto (CAN) from July 10-25. Dr. Maglione, also President of the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO), was accompanied in this magnificent ceremony by the Governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Avila Villegas, by the President of the Mexican National Olympic Committee Carlos Padilla, and by the Chairman of the Pan American Games Organising Committee David Robert Petterson.
FINA suspends SportAccord membership
On April 22, 2015 FINA has temporarily suspended its SportAccord membership, informing its President Marius Vizer. Moreover, FINA has also written to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Dr. Thomas Bach to “assure FINA’s collaboration and support to the IOC 2020 Agenda and its objectives”.
FINA President re-elected as ANOC Vice President
FINA President and IOC Member Dr. Julio C. Maglione was re-elected as Vice President of ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees), representing the Americas. The election took place during ANOC’s General Assembly on November 7-8, 2014 in Bangkok (THA). ANOC gathers the 204 National Olympic Committees in the five continents, and is presided by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabak, from Kuwait, also re-elected for the period 2014-2018.
FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione (right), accompanied by IOC President Thomas Bach (left)
and by ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (centre)
FINA in mourning - Peter Daland (USA)
FINA learnt with immense sadness about the loss of Peter Daland, one of the most successful US Swimming coaches. Mr. Daland was aged 93.
Peter Daland has consecrated the majority of his life to Swimming, both as a coach and official. He was a former Chairman of the FINA Coaches Commission, and his work within this body has been of paramount importance.
FINA in mourning - Water polo legend Dezso Gyarmati passed away
Legendary water polo player and coach Dezso Gyarmati has died at the age of 86. One of the best players the game ever seen and in fact the most decorated in history. Till date he is the only player who earned five Olympic medals during his magnificent career: three of them were gold (1952, 1956, 1964), one silver (1948) and one bronze (1960).
The left-handed genius could play in all positions of the field. Known for his fearless approach in every game, he was able to decide the biggest clashes single-handedly. Gyarmati was the protagonist of water polo’s probably most famous match, the clash between Hungary and the USSR at the 1956 Olympics. Though remembered as the ‘Blood bath of Melbourne’ after the scenes of the dying minutes, it was team captain Gyarmati who opened the scoring and set up the other three goals Hungary netted while winning 4-0 en route to the title.
"We will make Aquatics bigger and stronger!"
November 1, 2012 MOSCOW - The 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention drew to a close, successfully bringing together the entire Aquatics community and reinforcing the ties between all players - partners, manufacturers, coaches, athletes and national federations - to bring the development of FINA's sports to new heights.
A number of crucial topics pertaining to the Aquatics movement was discussed on this last day: national priorities for elite sport, financial realities of high-level sport, global markets and new technologies, new trends in coaching and team management.
FINA World Aquatics Convention continues in Moscow
October 31, 2012 MOSCOW - Day 2 started with two streams of presentations, addressing a wide range of topics: the media and aquatics, latest developments in pool design, new ideas for the five FINA sports, upcoming courses for athletes, coaches and administrators, benefits for host cities and organising committees to stage FINA events.
The newly launched, three-day event is becoming a focal point for the entire Aquatics community - the FINA Family, National Federations, partners, manufacturers, athletes and coaches, bidders and organisers of FINA events, media etc. - to exchange ideas and find new ways to develop the Sport worldwide. Some shared their thoughts on the Convention:
FINA in mourning - Nick Thierry (CAN)
FINA has learnt with great sadness the loss of Nick Thierry (CAN) on October 2, 2012 in Toronto. His immense contribution to the Sport of Swimming, throughout his activities as coach, journalist and statistician will long be remembered by the FINA Family.
Nick was a true devoted lover of Swimming, having consecrated it the major part of his life. He was for many years FINA's most valuable source of swimming rankings, a superb and brilliant work very much appreciated by the coaches, athletes, media and fans of the sport in general. He has done it in a discreet but passionate way, sharing his knowledge and experience with many generations of swimming experts.
Italy's Paolo Barelli elected new LEN President
Paolo Barelli from Italy was elected on September 29, 2012 at the helm of the Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) for a four-year term during the LEN Congress in Cascais, Portugal. Barelli has been a LEN Bureau Member since 2008 and succeeds Nory Kruchten of Luxembourg.
After the Congress Barelli declared: “It is our aim to keep up the high level of European Aquatics, although it will not be easy in these economically difficult times. With an effort of the entire LEN team we might be able to get it done.”
Sam Ramsamy (RSA) is new President of African Swimming Confederation
South African Sam Ramsamy, FINA Vice-President and IOC Member, was elected as President of CANA, the Confederation of African Swimming Associations, at the General Assembly held during the 11th African Championships in Nairobi (Kenya).
He takes over from CANA President Mustafa Larfaoui from Algeria. Kenya's Ben Ekumbo is the new CANA Secretary General and Treasurer. CANA currently has 52 member associations.
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