FINA suspends SportAccord membership

FINA Family

On April 22, 2015 FINA has temporarily suspended its SportAccord membership, informing its President Marius Vizer. Moreover, FINA has also written to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Dr. Thomas Bach to “assure FINA’s collaboration and support to the IOC 2020 Agenda and its objectives”.

 

FINA meets Russia’s Minister of Sport

Kazan 2015

Within the frame of the SportAccord convention in Sochi (RUS), the FINA authorities have met on April 21 the Minister of Sport from Russia, Mr. Vitaly Mutko. The FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu had the opportunity to discuss the preparation of the 16th FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships this summer in Kazan (RUS).

During the meeting, Mr. Mutko reaffirmed once more the total support and engagement of the Russian highest authorities to the organisation of FINA’s major event. The Russian Minister of Sport ensured that everything in Kazan will be ready to host a great Aquatic Festival and that optimal conditions are waiting the Aquatic stars from the five continents.

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“Sport is a great conversation opener and human-experience opener that puts us eye to eye”

Olympic Movement News

For over 15 years, Canadian swimmer Mark Tewksbury has been using his success as an Olympian to fight against discrimination and defend gay rights in the sporting world. He is one of many inspirational athletes who, in the lead-up to the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on 6 April, illustrates how sport can be a tool for social change contributing to a better world.

“For me the conflict was really basic, really human, like I want to be accepted,” explains the retired athlete, who won gold at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992. “I wanted to do something that is my livelihood and I was afraid if I was simply honest about who I am, all of that would be taken away.”

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WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 6: Australia, Brazil, USA go 1-2-3

World League

wpausEven without its head coach, Australia took gold over Brazil, 9-6, in the final day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California. Elvis Fatovic was ejected one night earlier in the semifinal shootout against the US, but the Aussie defense was unstoppable on Saturday and stymied a thrilling fourth-quarter rally from the 2016 Olympic host.

In the earlier matches, the US trounced China for the bronze medal, 19-7. Japan defeated Kazakhstan, 15-12, for fifth place by building a comfortable lead early in the game. And Canada routed Argentina, 18-5, to earn seventh place in an epic mismatch that no one had expected to see at the end of group play.


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WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 5: Australia wins shootout, will face Brazil in final

World League

WPjpnDay 5 at the FINA WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California, was riveting, tension-filled – perhaps even ulcer-inducing – because three of the four games (including both semifinals) were tied late in the fourth quarter. 

One went to a shootout. (Australia beat the US, 17-16, on the final save to advance to the championship game.) Another came down to the last second. (Japan beat Canada, 11-10, when Keigo Okawa whipped in a time-expiring goal that rendered the Canadian coach speechless and his players distraught.) And another saw a rookie mistake lead to a game-winning penalty shot in the final 1:10 (as Brazil beat China 14-12 to advance to Saturday’s final).


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