Introducing Lyo & Merly - Mascots for the 1st YOG
As mascots for Singapore 2010, Lyo, a lion cub, embodies the values of Excellence and Friendship, while Merly, a merlion, personifies the values of Excellence and Respect. Through their acts and stories, they will promote the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.
Welcoming Lyo and Merly to the Singapore 2010 family, Mr Goh Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee, said, "As mascots for Singapore 2010, Lyo and Merly have to appeal to the international community and the youth. At the same time, they must also possess a strong Singapore's identity. As the host city for the inaugural YOG, we hope to share our culture with friends around the world. What better way to do it than to have Lyo and Merly represent us and the youth, and be the faces of the first YOG."
Japan’s aquatic news round-up
The Indoor Diving Nationals took place at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex on April 4, 2010. Mai Nakagawa and Sho Sakai took gold in both the 3m springboard and 10m platform in the women’s and men’s events respectively. Sayaka Shibusawa and Mai Nakagawa reached the highest podium in the women's 3m synchro event and the same award was reserved for Sho Sakai and Yu Okamoto in the men’s 3m synchro event.
Brazil takes first place at South American Games in Medellin (COL)
In swimming, the Brazilian team collected 51 medals (27 gold, 17 silver and seven bronze), while Venezuela finished second with a tally of 24 medals (nine gold, six silver and nine bronze) and Argentina took the third place with 19 medals (three gold, six silver and ten bronze). Brazilian swimmer Fabíola Molina in the women’s category and Guilherme Guido in the men’s category won the “Señor of Sípan Trophy”. The best performance goes to Joanna Maranhão, who won five gold medals (in the 200m and 400m individual medley, 400m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle) and a bronze medal in the 800m freestyle.
Mexico home to FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series N°2 and FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix N°4
Mexico will be home to two major FINA events this month, to be held on the same week-end: the fourth leg of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2010 will take place in the Sumidero Canyon on April 17 and Veracruz will stage the second meet of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series 2010 on April 16-17.
Kiril Todorov, President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, declared that Mexico is proud to attract millions of looks with these two international aquatics events. He added that the country is ready to welcome the world’s best open water swimmers and divers and help raise the skill level of swimmers and divers in Mexico.
1st FINA World Aquatics Convention - Online registration now open!
FINA is pleased to announce the launch of the 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention website, providing key information about the inaugural event, which is to be held in Punta del Este (URU) on September 27-29, 2010.
Please visit the page: http://aquaticsconvention.fina.org/.
This website was specifically created to deliver information about the Convention to delegates from National Federations, sponsors, partners, and media. An online networking tool will also be accessible via this website allowing delegates to contact each other in advance of arriving in Uruguay to pre-plan meetings with existing and new clients, reinforcing partnerships amongst the international Aquatics community.
The 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention is set to become the premier event gathering the most influential people involved in Aquatic sports.
FINA’s 202 National Member Federations will meet in Uruguay with many other protagonists of the FINA world to discuss and contribute to the future of aquatic sports.
The 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention will include a comprehensive programme of meetings, conference sessions and networking events accompanying a dynamic exhibition.
The programme includes presentations from respected international lecturers from several areas – Olympic movement, FINA Family, sponsorship, organisers of events, coaches and athletes, media partners – and will be accompanied by specific workshops:
- National Federations’ development
- New trends in Media
- How to get successful Aquatic events
Media representatives are of course welcome to attend this Convention.
IOC President praises preparations for first YOG
IOC President, Jacques Rogge, today wrapped up a successful trip to Singapore in the final months leading up to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August. The trip included a tour of the venues for sport, culture and education programme activities, and participation in the seminar organised for the National Olympic Committees that will send athletes to the YOG.
During his three-day visit, the President visited the Youth Olympic Village, Games venues, Opening and Closing Ceremony location, and the Intelligent Transport Systems Centre. He also took part in the Chefs de Mission seminar, which provided the delegation heads of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) with information and advice on how to prepare the athletes who will compete in August. During his trip he also dedicated time to give motivational speeches to the staff of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) and local university students.
Brazilian teams awarded at South American Games
Brazilian open water swimmer Ana Marcela Cunha won two medals at the South American Games taking place on March 20-25 in Medellin, Colombia. Cunha came first in the 5km and second in the 10km races.
In the 5km race, Cunha and Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto draw in the first place, clocking 1h01m56s. Nataly Caldas from Ecuador finished in third place in 1h01m59s.
In the Olympic distance, it was a tight race for Cunha, who finished second in 1h58m10s3. Only a few metres from the finish line, Pinto sped up and passed Cunha to eventually win the race in 1h58m10s1. Argentina’s Antonella Bogarin took bronze in 1h58m15s5.
Mexican swimmers take home 28 medals from Speedo Series
National swimmers are preparing for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, one of the year’s most important swimming competitions in the region.
Jesus Azuara, Vice President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, announced that Mexico came back with a tally of 28 medals from the last Speedo Champions Series in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze).
Four Mexican divers in the opening round of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series in Qingdao (CHN)
The national diving team travelled to Qingdao, China, to participate in the opening round of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series on March 27-28, 2010.
Diving team’s Vice President, Alberto Acosta, confirmed the participation of four Mexicans in the first stage, which brings together the world’s top eight divers. Among them are 10m platform world champion Paola Espinosa, Yahel Castillo, ranked sixth worldwide in the 3m springboard and pair Ivan Garcia and Germán Sánchez in the 10m platform synchro. The coaches accompanying the team are Ma Jin, Ivan Bautista and Stefan Marinov.
Kitajima back in the race
Japan’s Olympic gold medallist Kosuke Kitajima will return to competitive swimming after a 2-year break. The breaststroke swimmer is currently training at a swimming camp in the USA and will soon compete at the Japan Swim 2010, taking place at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Complex on April 13, 2010.
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