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FINA World Championships

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FINA World Championships: July 24 - August 9, 2015
FINA World Masters Championships: August 5 - 16, 2015








Russia is proud and excited to host the 2015 FINA World Championships and the 2015 FINA World Masters Championships in Kazan. This international event will promote aquatic sports in the city and the Republic in general, along with promoting the national goal of healthy life-styles and a legacy of youth oriented sports activities for the future of the country.

Kazan has now developed the most advanced sporting infrastructure in all of Russia and has one of the most advanced Aquatic facilities in the world. These facilities are already built for the 2013 Summer Universiade, providing sustainable economic impact for decades to come and for local and international events.

Finally, hosting the World Championships will create the opportunity to elevate the sport to higher levels of prominence within Russia and a chance to produce a new group of international champions in the traditions of the many great Russian swimmers of the past.

We welcome one and all to Kazan in 2015!

Kazan 2015 celebrates one year to go to World Championships!

Kazan 2015

A gigantic newspaper dedicated to the 2015 FINA World Championships was opened on July 24, one year before the start of the event, in the square near the Kazan Family Centre. The project is designed to raise Kazan citizens’ awareness of the upcoming World Championships and to help them unveil some interesting facts about aquatics and legendary figures engaged in water sports. The grand opening of this unique piece of street art was attended by Mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin.

“Just a year ago, it would seem, only a short time ago, we hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade. For the first time ever we welcomed so many guests, we staged a major international event and we raised the bar on how to hold a Universiade. And today, one year before the FINA World Championships, I want to congratulate all of us – the great team led by our President, the residents of the republic and the city, the Directorate for Sports Projects – on a big day. We have a whole year of work ahead of us. We want Kazan to give the best welcome to our guests,” said Ilsur Metshin.

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Meet Itil and Alsu, the official mascots of Kazan 2015!

Kazan 2015

The official marks of the 16th FINA World Championships were presented at the Kazan Arena Stadium on March 27. FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu and Director General of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate Azat Kadyrov unveiled the slogan, logo and mascots of the upcoming sporting event.

The mascots are two snow leopards, Itil (boy) and Alsu (girl). In the context of the Championships, this animal symbolises skill, swiftness and power. The male name, Itil, is the medieval name of the Volga River, and it is still used in the Kazakh, Chuvash, Tatar, Bashkir, Kalmyk and Mongolian languages. The female name, Alsu, is the common Tatar name meaning ‘pink-coloured water’ or figuratively ‘rosy cheeks’, which is strongly connected with the idea of water and healthy lifestyle. When choosing the mascots’ names, the organisers kept in mind such criteria as uniqueness, clarity of perception, ease of memorisation, national colour and the ways the names are pronounced in different languages, which is particularly important for the international event.

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FINA President pays fruitful visit in Kazan

Kazan 2015

Yet again the host city of the 16th FINA World Championships, Kazan, welcomes representatives of the Fédération Internationale de Natation, FINA. Together with members of the Kazan 2015 Organising Committee, the FINA delegates will meet during two days to address key aspects of preparations for the future competition.

Among the FINA representatives who arrived in Kazan are President Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, as well as several consultants and representatives partnering with FINA for the World Championships.

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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.

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Kazan's new Aquatics Palace ready for the 2013 Summer Universiade

Kazan 2015

Kazan's new Aquatics PalaceWith 100 days to go for the start of the 2013 Summer Universiade, taking place in Kazan (RUS) from July 6-17, the new Aquatics Palace in the capital of Tatarstan is getting ready to welcome the swimmers to this major event. The superb facility will also be the central stage of the 16th FINA World Championships, scheduled in Kazan from July 19-August 2, 2015.

For the first time in FINA's history, the 2015 FINA World Championships will be immediately followed, using the same venues, by the FINA World Masters Championships, a competition gathering over 10,000 athletes from 25 to over 90 years old.

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