London 2012, Day 1: Qin Kai/Luo Yutong (CHN) win 3m synchro
The newly built Olympic Aquatics Centre provided the backdrop to spectacular performances on the first day of the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup in London. According to ex-Russian and now Great Britain national coach Alexey Evangulov, the pool is ready since November but none of the British divers had a possibility to practice here till February. The host team entered the pool just two days before the competition – like all other World Cup participants.
Let's remind that the other four places are reserved already by the host country (Great Britain) and the three medallist teams from the last FINA World Championships in Shanghai (China, Russia and Mexico). So there are two important stages in this event: first, to join the final group of 12 participants, and second, to get the ticket to the Olympics.
Brazil announces team for South American Championships
The Confederação Brasileira de Desportos Aquáticos (CBDA) will send a 28-strong team to the South American Championships taking place from March 14-18, 2012 in Belem (BRA). Check out the official team below.
FINA in Russia to discuss 2012 Aquatics Convention and 2015 World Championships
A FINA delegation was this week in Moscow (RUS) from February 13-15, 2012 to discuss with the local authorities the preparation of the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention, to be held on October 30-November 1, 2012 in the Russian capital and the 16th FINA World Championships, taking place in July 2015 in Kazan. The FINA President and IOC Member Dr. Julio C. Maglione and the FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu had meetings namely with Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation and with Vladimir Salnikov, Olympic champion and President of the Russian Swimming Federation.
Japan's Water Polo teams place third and miss Olympic target
Despite the hard-fought games, Japan's national women’s and men’s Water Polo teams lost their hope to go to the London Olympic Games this summer. Both teams took third at the Asian Water Polo Championships taking place at the Shin-Narashino International Swimming Center in Chiba-ken (JPN) from January 24-27, an event that served as Continental Water Polo Qualification Tournament for London.
China, first among women and Kazakhstan, triumphant among men, both get to compete at the Olympic Games Qualification Tournaments in Trieste (ITA) and Edmonton (CAN) respectively, to be held in April.
FINA mourns Mr. Klaas van de Pol (NED)
FINA announces with great sadness the loss of its Honorary Member Klaas van de Pol (NED), who passed away on January 23, 2012 at the age of 87.
Mr. Van de Pol had been FINA Honorary Treasurer from 1980 to 1992, becoming a Honorary Member since 1996. A very respected aquatic leader in his home country, The Netherlands, Mr. Van de Pol was essential in the promotion of women’s water polo worldwide and has also played an important role in the development of the early stages of marketing applied to Aquatics. For his outstanding contribution to our International Federation, he was awarded the FINA Gold Pin in 1988.
To his family, friends, and to the entire aquatic community in The Netherlands, FINA addresses its sincere condolences.
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