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FINA President Dr. Maglione re-elected at the head of Uruguayan NOC

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Dr. Julio C. MaglioneFINA President Dr. Julio Cesar Maglione was re-elected for a fifth term as President of the Uruguayan National Olympic Committee. He was firstly elected as President of the Uruguayan NOC in 1996, then in 1998, 2004 and 2008. 

Dr. Julio Cesar Maglione has been an IOC Member since 1996. He was a national champion and national record holder in the 100m and 200m butterfly and breaststroke from 1949 to 1954. During his swimming career, he achieved the following results: a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke and 100m butterfly, and a silver medal in the 4x100 relay at the Latin-American Games in La Havana, Cuba in 1954.

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FINA in mourning – Dr. Brian Sando (AUS)

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FINA learnt with great sadness about the loss of Dr. Brian Sando, member of the Doping Control Review Board, and one of the most respected and experienced sports medicine doctors in Australia. He was also a well-known expert in the area of anti-doping programmes. Dr. Sando passed away on August 4, 2012 in Adelaide (AUS) at the age of 76.

Dr. Andrew Pipe, chairman of the FINA Doping Control Review Board, left his tribute to the work and career of Dr. Sando: “His contributions to sport in Australia and internationally were immense and it is hard to imagine a FINA World Championships or an Olympic Games without his presence. Each of us will have our own special memories of Brian but his dry sense of humour, his kindness and compassion, his love of sport, and his integrity and intrinsic sense of fair-play were evident to all and immensely valued by each of us.”

To his family, friends, and sport community in Australia FINA addresses its sincere condolences.

 

FINA in mourning - Prof. Winton Arthur Hawksworth (RSA)

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FINA announces with great sadness the loss of Prof. Winton Arthur Hawksworth (RSA), member of the FINA Doping Control Review Board (DCRB) since its creation in 1999. After a short illness, Prof. Hawksworth passed away on March 26, 2012. He is survived by his wife Pauline, his four children and five grandchildren.

In a message addressed to FINA, Dr. Andrew Pipe, Chairman of the DCRB, recalled a “wonderful friend and colleague, a superb scientist, and an educator who influenced the lives of thousands of students in South Africa and so many others who were touched by his generosity of spirit.  His warmth and gentle good humour will be missed by all on the FINA DCRB and his many other friends in the FINA family”.

To his family and friends, FINA addresses its sincere condolences.

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FINA mourns Mr. Klaas van de Pol (NED)

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Klass van de Pol (NED)FINA announces with great sadness the loss of its Honorary Member Klaas van de Pol (NED), who passed away on January 23, 2012 at the age of 87.

Mr. Van de Pol had been FINA Honorary Treasurer from 1980 to 1992, becoming a Honorary Member since 1996. A very respected aquatic leader in his home country, The Netherlands, Mr. Van de Pol was essential in the promotion of women’s water polo worldwide and has also played an important role in the development of the early stages of marketing applied to Aquatics. For his outstanding contribution to our International Federation, he was awarded the FINA Gold Pin in 1988.

To his family, friends, and to the entire aquatic community in The Netherlands, FINA addresses its sincere condolences. 

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Matt Dunn appointed Member of WADA Athlete Committee

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Matthew Dunn from Australia, Member of the FINA Athletes Commission, has been appointed Member of the WADA Athlete Committee for a term of three years, commencing on 1 January 2012. In undertaking this new task, Dunn pursues FINA's commitment for a drug-free sport.

 

Tribute to Bill Matson

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FINA Vice President Bill Matson was remembered for his more than 40 years of service to aquatics at a Memorial Service on Monday, August 15 at St Luke's Anglican Church in Waikanae, New Zealand.  Matson had surgery during the final days of the FINA World Championships and died last Monday on his birthday at the age of 72 at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, China.

"Bill's example and devotion for the aquatic sports will remain a reference in our mind and heart, In this moment of grief, FINA would like to express its most sincere condolences and sympathy to Bill's family and friends, as well as to the aquatic community in his native New Zealand and Oceania," said FINA President Julio Maglione.

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FINA Masters Committee meets in Riccione (ITA)

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The FINA Masters Committee held a meeting in Riccione, Italy, on May 22-23, 2011 to discuss the organisation of the 14th edition of the FINA World Masters Championships scheduled for June 2012.

FINA Bureau Liaison Bill Matson and the Masters Committee Members also made a visit to the aquatics venues, which are ideally close from each other. Good participation is expected for the 2012 Masters celebration.

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Remembering William (Bill) George Cody

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The sport of swimming in Puerto Rico has suffered a great loss upon the death of one of its leaders.  Bill, as he is referred to by all his friends, an electrical engineer by profession, started his participation in swimming as a parent.  From the beginning, together with his wife Rose, he became an enthusiastic supporter, eventually serving in different positions in the administration of the sport including the Presidency of Puerto Rico Swimming Federation.  

Bill's dedications and services to the sport extended beyond Puerto Rico as he became a member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer of the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Federation (CCCAN). In addition he assisted his wife Rose in her responsibilities as Vice President of the FINA Masters Swimming Committee and in her role as the Chair of the UANA Technical Swimming Committee.

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Intense week for FINA

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The last week of January has been quite intense for FINA, with two main events related to future editions of the FINA World Championships, and a Bureau meeting in Frankfurt, on the 28th and 29th.

On January 25, the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione was in Barcelona (ESP) to officially sign the contract for the organisation of the 15th FINA World Championships 2013 in the Catalonian capital. In the historical Saló de Cent of the Barcelona Town Hall, the FINA President was accompanied by the Mayor of the city Jordi Hereu and by the President of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation Fernando Carpena. Recalling the unforgettable moments lived in Barcelona during the 10th FINA World Championships in 2003, Dr. Maglione said: “If Barcelona 2003 was incredible, Barcelona 2013 will be extraordinary!”

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FINA mourns the loss of Alan Clarkson (GBR)

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FINA learnt with great sadness about the loss of Alan Clarkson, one of the most prestigious swimming officials in Great Britain. Mr. Clarkson passed away on May 22, 2010 after a heart failure – he was 73. In the last years, Mr. Clarkson had been deeply involved with open water swimming, having chaired the FINA technical committee of this discipline until 2005. He had previously been member of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee.

According to the site of British Swimming, “Alan represented England at the 1958 Commonwealth Games and went on to support a series of British and English squads as team manager, accompanying athletes to three Commonwealth Games, as well as the Olympic Games in 1976 and the World Championships in 1973, 1975 and 1978.

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