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Kosovo is the 208th FINA member

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The Kosovo Swimming Federation became the 208th FINA Member, after the recent approval of affiliation by the FINA Bureau. The distribution of the FINA National Member Federations in the five continents is now as follows: Africa – 52; Americas – 44; Asia – 44; Europe – 52; Oceania – 16.

 

Athletes Village gets ready for Aquatics festival

Kazan 2015


Russian studentsPreservation of the Universiade Village's legacy in the lead-up to the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia was on the agenda of the meeting hosted by the campus student council on February 10, 2015.

Present at the meeting were representatives of Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University and Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. Deputy Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects and Universiade Village Mayor, Farid Abdulganiev, also attended the event and addressed the audience with a short speech.

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FINA in mourning – Mario Vazquez Raña (MEX)

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FINA learnt with great sadness about the death of Mario Vazquez Raña, a great lover of Sport and a long-time supporter of the Aquatic disciplines. A respected businessman in Mexico, Mr. Vazquez Raña had been President of his country’s Olympic Committee, IOC Member, President of ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees), Chairman of Olympic Solidarity, and was still presently President of PASO, the Pan-American Sports Organisation.

An Olympian in shooting, his contribution to the Olympic movement was remarkable for many decades, and his action largely contributed to the development of Sport in Mexico and in the five continents.

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FINA Masters Committee assesses progress in build-up to World Championships

Kazan 2015

Cornel MarculescuThe FINA Masters Committee's inspection visit took place on February 5-7, 2015. The delegation led by FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu arrived in the capital of Tatarstan to check the host city's preparation for this summer's World Masters Championships. Among the delegates were Masters Committee chairman Edward Evelly, Masters Committee vice-chairman Mel Goldstein and FINA Bureau liaison Dr. Mohamed Diop.

Day 1 of the visit opened with a meeting attended by Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects, Azat Kadyrov, and heads of the functional areas involved in the preparation for the World Masters Championships. During the meeting, tournament directors responsible for aquatic disciplines were introduced for the first time to the FINA Masters Committee members.

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Rossiya Segodnya to be host national news agency for Kazan 2015

Kazan 2015

Rossiya SegodnyaRossiya Segodnya will become the key provider of sports coverage for the upcoming 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan.

The Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency has been granted the status of a host national news agency and photo pool for the FINA World Championships in Kazan. For the first time in the history of Soviet and Russian swimming, a Russian information agency will act as the major source of up-to-the-minute news and photo content for this prestigious international sporting event.

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Kazan 2015 unveils medals!

Kazan 2015

medals Kazan 2015Medals for the 16th FINA World Championships and 16th FINA World Masters Championships were unveiled on February 4 during the press conference that took place at the Aquatics Palace in Kazan. Journalists were given the opportunity to take a look at how victory ceremonies will be held during this summer's major aquatics events.

Present at the press conference were Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects Azat Kadyrov, Member of the Heraldic Council under the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Ilnur Minullin and Art Director of the Paradox Advertising Studio Ilshat Bayburin.

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Russian Minister of Sport meets FINA Executive Director in Moscow

Kazan 2015

Kazan 2015On Wednesday January 21, 2015, Russia's Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, had a meeting in Moscow, Russia.

In the course of the meeting, the parties discussed the progress made by the host city, Kazan, in the build-up to the 16th FINA World Championships taking place from July 24 to August 9, 2015 and the FINA World Masters Championships, scheduled from August 5-16, 2015.

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200 days to go to Kazan 2015!

Kazan 2015

Kazan 2015200 days are left to go to the 16th FINA World Championships 2015 in Kazan, Russia. To mark this occasion, the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) offered a congratulatory message to all aquatic sports fans. As previously reported, the symbol of the 16th FINA World Championships is currently aboard the ISS. It was launched into space on September 26, 2014.

The symbol of the 16th FINA World Championships is a special barrel filled with water from the Kazanka River where the open water swimming and high diving tournaments will take place. Together with the Soyuz TMA-14M crew, the barrel travelled to the International Space Station aboard the space capsule.

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Meilutyte: “I was like a jungle kid”

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Ruta Meilutyte (LTU)Wearing huge sunglasses, Ruta Meilutyte leans back in her comfortable chair and enjoys the Qatari sun.

On the closing day, December 7, 2014 of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, the 17-year-old Lithuanian bags home one gold (50m breast) and one silver medal (100m breast). Even though she wanted to win gold in both races, she is satisfied with her performances – missing the world record in 50m breaststroke just by one-hundredth of a second.



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Beijing 2014, Day 2: China clinches overall title

Synchro World Trophy

With victories in the thematic duet and free combination on Day 2, host China blitzed to win all four titles at stake in Beijing, China at the ninth edition of the FINA Synchronised World Trophy, held on December 13-14, 2014. This is the third title at this event for the Asian synchro powerhouse.

At Yingdong swimming complex, local duet Li Ang / Ma Shuang delivered a powerful routine on "Beautiful Girls", scoring 95.3330 points. Russian sisters Anastasia and Daria Bayandina finished second with 91.8335 points while Mexican duet Delgado Blanca / Diosdado Nuria took third with 89.8335 points.

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