Olympic champion Netherlands regains some Beijing lustre
Netherlands could prove the “dark horse” of the women’s water polo competition at the XIV FINA World Championships at the Natatorium.
In the opening game of the championship, the most credentialled women’s teams — holders of all four major titles — battled to a 7-7 draw, making the following games all that more important to decide who shall go through, possibly, as Group A winner.
The game was always close with centre forwards dominating and defensive structures impenetrable at times.
Aquatic Festival has started in Shanghai!
The 14th FINA World Championships have officially started after an impressive Opening Ceremony, attended by the entire FINA Family, the IOC President Mr. Jacques Rogge and the Chinese dignitaries, namely Mr. Yu Zhengsheng, Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Comunist Party of China. After the raise of China’s flag, and the ones from Italy and Spain, respectively the organisers of the 2009 and 2013 editions, the vibrant show continued with an ode to water, light and music.
Thanks to hundreds of participants, it was paid tribute to the common element to all FINA disciplines, the water. Spectacular choreographies on the pool deck and in the pool portrayed the spirit of water in Chinese philosophy and its values of harmony and purity. In a Tribute to Heroes, some FINA stars were called to the stage of this Ceremony to symbolise the FINA sports: open water swimmer Ky Hurst (AUS), synchronised swimmer Natalia Ischenko (RUS), water polo player Tony Azevedo (USA), open water swimmer Valerio Cleri (ITA), diver Chen Ruolin (CHN), and swimmer Liu Zige (CHN).
China gets first gold, Canada and Australia qualify for the Olympics
The first diving final of the FINA World Championships Shanghai 2011 started almost three hours before the official opening ceremony and it was a real champions’ fight. Besides the result, this event had a “special” meaning for all participants: the three best synchro teams could qualify for the Olympics and every country dreamed about a place on the podium.
Speaking about synchronised diving we usually mean that there is just two vacant places on the podium – the champion’s one is occupied in principle by China.
Notice on Drugs Carried into China by Participating Teams
Participating teams do not need to make a special declaration for self-used drugs and medical equipment. They should however carry a list of self-used drugs in both Chinese and English. Please note that drugs carried into China by participating teams should be used by their own members only. After the 14th FINA World Championships, the remaining drugs should be taken back to their countries and should not be sold in China.
Japan's talents ready for Aquatic Festival
Japan's pool and open water swimmers, divers, synchro swimmers and water polo players are fine-tuning their preparation for the FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN) next month. Ryosuke Irie and his members of the Japan National Team returned home on June 27 after a training camp in Europe, which included legs of the Mare Nostrum in France and Spain.
Irie's marks during the Mare Nostrum included 53.72 in 100m backstroke and 1:54.34 in 200m backstroke. Meanwhile, another Japan's swimming great, Kosuke Kitajima, clocked 1:01.02 in the 100m breaststroke and 2:11.02 in the 200m breaststroke at the Mission Viejo International Invitational Meet, held from June 25-26 in California (USA).
Swimming Coach wanted for Iran's national team
Swimming Canada adds open water swimmers to Shanghai Team
Swimming Canada announced the addition of 6 swimmers to its FINA World Championships Team that will compete in Shanghai this summer. These six veteran athletes will represent Canada in the Open-Water events (5, 10 and 25km).
Richard Weinberger and Aimeson King of Victoria were the top 2 qualifiers in the men’s 10km while Zsofia Balazs of Toronto and Nadine Williams of Sherwood Park, Alta, placed first and second respectively during last week’s Canadian World Open Water Trials in Fort Myers, Florida, earning them a place on Canada’s Worlds Team. All four athletes will compete in the 5 and 10km as well as the new team event. Simon Tobin of Quebec City and Xavier Desharnais of Lasalle were also added to the mix to compete in the 25km event.
Bovell Leads TT Worlds Team
2004 Athens Olympic Medallist George Bovell III will lead a team of three athletes to the FINA World Long Course Championships in Shanghai China from July 16th - 30th.
Joshua Mc Leod and Cherelle Thompson were the two other athletes ratified by the council of Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) to represent the country at these biennial games. The team is being coached by Joseph Mc Leod.
Report on the Food Safety Levels of the 14th FINA World Championships
SHANGHAI, China (June 22) - In order to ensure food safety at the 14th FINA World Championships, Shanghai government and the Organizing Committee (OC) observe the principle of ensuring food safety by preventing contamination at source and keeping the supervised entities enclosed, and have established a food supervision system covering the entire food chain – from farm to fork – and taken appropriate measures to ensure food safety and prevent food-borne doping. Food Safety Levels of the 14th FINA World Championships are as follows:
1. Hotels where Athletes stay
Food Safety Department of the OC conducts the most rigorous supervision on the food safety of the restaurants of the hotels where athletes stay throughout the entire food chain – from farm to fork. Animal-derived food products are all supplied by the food suppliers recommended by the OC. In addition to regular inspection, the OC also inspects dozens of other prohibited substances including Clenbuterol, Ractopamine, and Albuterol on animal-derived food products. The inspection items and methods are the same as those at Beijing 2008 Olympics Games and 2010 Asian Games.
British Swimming unveils World Championship team
Double-Olympic Champion Becky Adlington, Commonwealth Champion and World Championship silver medallist Fran Halsall will lead the challenge for the women while double-Commonwealth Champion James Goddard and World Champion Liam Tancock head-up the men’s contingent.
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