AIPS Young Reporters set to tackle intensive training at FINA Doha 2014 events
First ever FINA/AIPS Young Reporters programme participants have arrived today in the capital city of Qatar, boosted by their commitment to cover the pivotal meetings and competition days to be held at the 3rd World Aquatics Convention from November 29 till December 1 and at the 12th World Swimming Championships (25m) from December 3–7.
Starting tomorrow, the five-continent representatives will be following an intensive training course aiming to teach them the sports journalism best practice and the latest live reporting techniques. The overall objective of the workshops and lectures is to develop their skills as the new generation of Olympic and aquatic sports reporters.
Star-studded line-up ready for Doha
More than 1'100 athletes from 171 countries have registered to compete at the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Doha, Qatar, from December 3-7.
Hundreds of millions around the world are expected to tune in to see the biggest names in swimming take to the blocks at Hamad Aquatic Centre including 11-time Olympic medallist and also known for his short-course dominance, American Ryan Lochte.
FINA President re-elected as ANOC Vice President
FINA President and IOC Member Dr. Julio C. Maglione was re-elected as Vice President of ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees), representing the Americas. The election took place during ANOC’s General Assembly on November 7-8, 2014 in Bangkok (THA). ANOC gathers the 204 National Olympic Committees in the five continents, and is presided by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabak, from Kuwait, also re-elected for the period 2014-2018.
FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione (right), accompanied by IOC President Thomas Bach (left)
and by ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (centre)
French Olympic 400m freestyle champion Camille Muffat caused a stir when she announced her retirement from swimming at 24 last July.
Like her, a dozen Olympic medallists from the 2012 London Games, including Leisel Jones, Alain Bernard, Rebecca Soni, Brent Hayden and Rebecca Adlington, have deserted the training pools since then. With less than two years to go to the next summer Olympics in Rio, is this wave of retirements in swimming merely post-Games blues-related or is there something underneath the surface?
Swimming top guns gear up for Doha
The highlight of the aquatic season, the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), is about to start in the magnificent Hamad Aquatic Complex. Featuring a handful of the greatest stars and offering a massive sum in prize money, the showcase in Doha is going to be another hit, watched by hundreds of millions around the world.
FINA’s decision to move the event from its spring date to December proved to be a wise move. It attracts more top swimmers and it crowns the short-course season, while in the spring when everyone was preparing for the summer long-course events, it was like an unexpected guest at a party.
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- SWC 2014, Singapore Day 1: Hosszu and Le Clos towards the final act
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- SWC 2014: Tokyo Day 1: Hosszu and Le Clos consolidate their lead; Meilutyte loses in the 100m breaststroke
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