Top authorities welcome FINA Family in Kazan

Kazan 2015

One day before the Opening Ceremony of the 16th FINA World Championships, gathering a new record of over 180 nations in Kazan (RUS), the FINA Family lived an intense day in the capital of Tatarstan and was officially welcomed by the top national and local authorities.

At the start of the FINA Extraordinary Congress that validated the new changes in the FINA Constitution and where delegates from 139 Member Federations demonstrated the unity of Aquatics, the FINA national representatives received the prestigious visit of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov, the Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vitaly Mutko, and by the ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.

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Athletes reach Kazan for FINA World Championships as training sessions officially kick-off

Kazan 2015

Kazan International Airport continues to welcome athletes coming to Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan Republic, Russia, for the 16th FINA World Championships which will feature competitions in six different disciplines; swimming, synchronised swimming, diving, high diving, water polo and open water swimming.

Dozens of athletes from all parts of the world arrive every day in the host city of the upcoming mega aquatics event, to take place from July 24 - August 9, 2015.

Kazan will welcome approximately 2,500 athletes coming from 186 nations for this edition of the event. The local organisers and volunteers warmly meet and greet all of them at the airport.

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Venues almost ready in Kazan!

Kazan 2015

With six days to go for the start of the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS), the look of the competition venues is very close to the one that will be enjoyed by the thousands of spectators on site and billions of TV viewers around the globe.

On this Saturday July 18, the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione and the FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu paid a visit to the venues and praised the excellence of the facilities put in place for FINA’s major event.

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10 Day countdown to Kazan starts today!

Kazan 2015

With only 10 days to go to the 16th FINA World Championships to be held in Kazan, Russia, FINA is pleased to announce that more than 2,500 athletes from 186 countries (a new record) are expected to take part in one of FINA six disciplines; swimming, synchronised swimming, diving, high diving, water polo and open water swimming.

Kazan football stadium is being temporarily transformed into an aquatics venue - with two Olympic-size swimming pools being built on the pitch.

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Kazan 2015 launches FINA World Championships mobile app

Kazan 2015

The Kazan 2015 Organising Committee released its mobile application for iOS and Android devices especially designed for the upcoming 16th FINA World Championships to take place from July 24-August 9, 2015.

The application will provide instant useful information to the users such as the competition schedule, venues information, public transport routes and nearest stops and non-sport activities to do in the surroundings.

The users will be able to keep up with the results and actions of the day, read the latest news and have a look at the photo and video feeds in one click.

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WPWL Men’s Super Final 2015, Bergamo, Day 6 (last): Gold to Serbia, silver to Croatia and bronze to Brazil

World League

Serbia emerged victorious at the FINA Men's Water Polo World League Super Final 2015, the team's ninth success in this competition and the third consecutive. The competition took place in Bergamo (ITA), from June 23-28. In the decisive match, the Serbians beat Croatia by 9-6.

With this victory, the Balkan team claimed the World League trophy, the Olympic qualification and the US$ 100,000 prize money.

Croatia was Serbia‘s valiant opponent in the final and was awarded the silver medal, as well as US$ 70,000 for its second place.

Brazil was the surprising winner of the bronze medal that they conquered at the expenses of the United States, cashing also the US$ 50,000 prize money associated with it. The South Americans win was obtained after a lengthy penalty shootout, which finished 24-23 in favour of the 2016 Olympic hosts.

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WPWL Men’s Super Final 2015, Bergamo, Day 5: Croatia and Serbia will play for The gold medal, Brazil and The USA for the bronze

World League

Gold will go to the Balkans, bronze to Americas. Following the results of the semifinals Serbia and Croatia will play the final for the first place while Brazil and the United States will play the match for the third place.

Under the helm of two top coaches, both from the former Yugoslavia – Ratko Rudic (Croatia) and Dejan Udovicic (Serbia) – Brazil and the United States have improved and become more competitive.

A final between Serbia and Croatia was among the predictable options. Not so much the final for the bronze medal between Brazil and the United States. In fact everybody was expecting Hungary and Italy to be among the top four but both teams, still in the middle of the preparation for the World Championships, did not perform at their best. The winner takes it all: the gold medal, the Olympic qualification and the 100,000 dollar FINA prize money.

For the 5th place Australia will play Hungary while China, the only team with no victories, will face Italy for the 7th place in the last day of the tournament.

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WPWL Men’s Super Final 2015, Bergamo, Day 4: Brazil, Usa, Croatia And Serbia advance to semifinals

World League

The Quarter Finals took place on the fourth day of the tournament. The day when the Quarter Finals are played is considered the most crucial of the whole tournament: no tactics, no speculation, no compromise. It’s either you or me. I win and go through, you lose and are out of the medal contest.

None of the four games played today was disappointing. Instead the outcome of each of the first three matches was partially unpredictable.

The answer of the field was favorable to Brazil, the United States, Croatia and Serbia. Brazil beat Australia after a hard fought and strenuous math; the United States surprisingly triumphed over Hungary; Croatia prevailed over the home team Italy at the end of a tight match and after penalty shootouts; Serbia dominated over China a match that tasted like a friendly or a common training for them.

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FINA suspends Sri Lanka National Federation

Federations News

FINA has suspended from June 17, 2015 the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union, with the following consequences:

1. No voting right at the FINA General Assembly (Ordinary and Extraordinary);
2. Participation of the athletes under FINA Flag, FINA Code for Accreditation and FINA Hymn (in case of victory) during the FINA Championships/Events;
3. FINA recognises the former board of directors, as the interim Executive Committee, until new elections are conducted according to the principle of Autonomy;
4. The suspension shall be respected by all FINA members.


WPWL Men’s Super Final 2015, Bergamo, Day 3: Third win for Serbia, second for Hungary, Croatia and Italy

World League

On the third day of the preliminary round Serbia won 12-8 against a tough Australian side and ended Group B only undefeated team with 9 points. In the same Group (B) Italy beat the United States 13-10 and took the second place behind Serbia.

Hungary, who today crushed Brazil, finished on top of Group A, with Brazil in second place.

Second victory for Croatia who beat China on Day 3. The Chinese collected three losses and zero points. The most interesting match of the quarter finals should be between Croatia and Italy, two neighboring nations and traditional rivals.

Rankings after Day 3

Group A: 1. Hungary 9, 2. Brazil 6, 3. Croatia 6, 4. China 0.
Group B: 1. Serbia 9, 2. Italy 6, 3. Australia 3, 4. United States 0.

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