Maglione calls on world to back swimming's cause

Young Reporters Programme

Dr. Julio C. MaglioneFINA's president spoke for 15 minutes at the federation's World Aquatics Convention. In that time more than 10 people lost their lives, drowned.

The statistics come from a new report by the World Health Organisation which found 372,000 people have drowned each year for the past 10 years. That computes to 40 people every hour.

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Popov confident that Rio is back on track for 2016 Olympics

Young Reporters Programme

Alexander PopovAlexander Popov’s opinion has changed. In July last year the Olympic gold medallist turned IOC member was highly critical of Rio de Janeiro's preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games; now he is relieved to tell a different tale.

Popov, a member of the International Olympic Committee's co-ordination commission, had seen 'red lights.'However, on the sidelines of the FINA World Aquatics Convention, he said: “There are big improvements between our last visit and the visit before - improvements in terms of infrastructure and organisation. They are doing a fantastic job in Rio now.”

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FINA Athletes of the Year 2014 unveiled in Doha

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Huang XuechenThe FINA Athletes of the Year 2014 were unveiled on December 1, 2014 in Doha (QAT) in a memorable Gala “Soirée des Etoiles” (Evening of the Stars), held after a successful two-day FINA World Aquatics Convention and FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic.

Less than two days before the start of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) also being held in the Qatari capital from December 3-7, the Aquatics Family paid a sincere tribute to its great stars in the six aquatic disciplines.


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Day 2, Aquatics Convention Doha 2014: Combining elite and development programmes

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

FINA_presidentThe morning opened with a panel titled “Swimming for All, Swimming for Life Programme: adding social responsibility to FINA activities”. FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione, also Honorary President of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport of UNESCO, delivered the introductory speech.

After reminding  the audience that thanks to the efforts of the Athletes, the Coaches, the Officials, the National Federations and FINA itself, for the first time is in the Tier A of the IOC, he said: “Every year in the world 372,000 persons drown. Water is fatal especially to children in the poor countries. For this reason, we have developed the programme “Swim for All, Swim for Life”.

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Day 2, Golden Clinic Doha 2014: Bringing progress to swimming training

Gold Medal Clinic

Wouda

Day two of the FINA Swimming Coaches’ Golden Clinic proved another informative time for the more than 200 coaches from all around the globe in Doha today. The span of speakers during the clinic proved beneficial for all coaches, from specific training sessions for elite athletes, general training for national teams, managing programmes, nutrition, strength and conditioning and injury prevention.

Marcel Wouda, the Netherlands’ national team coach, opened the final day’s proceedings with his presentation “Application of Science and Innovation in Day-To-Day Practice”. Wouda, a former world swimming champion and record holder, used the example of world-record relay swimmer Femke Heemskerk and the 200m freestyle with emphasis on balanced splits.

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