Preparation works start at Kazan Arena Stadium for 2015 World Championships
Preparatory works for the 16th FINA World Championships 2015 are underway at the Kazan Arena Stadium. For the first time in the history of football stadiums and FINA World Championships, the competitions will be staged on the football field with two temporary pools, one for competitions (50x25x3m) and one for practices (50x25x2m).
The stadium is going to host swimming and synchronised swimming events. Both temporary pools will be installed on the main venue with the help of Myrtha Pools, the Official FINA Partner, and in compliance with the FINA requirements. The seating capacity will reach approximately 11,000.
Kosovo is the 208th FINA member
The Kosovo Swimming Federation became the 208th FINA Member, after the recent approval of affiliation by the FINA Bureau. The distribution of the FINA National Member Federations in the five continents is now as follows: Africa – 52; Americas – 44; Asia – 44; Europe – 52; Oceania – 16.
Athletes Village gets ready for Aquatics festival
Preservation of the Universiade Village's legacy in the lead-up to the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia was on the agenda of the meeting hosted by the campus student council on February 10, 2015.
Present at the meeting were representatives of Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University and Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. Deputy Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects and Universiade Village Mayor, Farid Abdulganiev, also attended the event and addressed the audience with a short speech.
FINA in mourning – Mario Vazquez Raña (MEX)
FINA learnt with great sadness about the death of Mario Vazquez Raña, a great lover of Sport and a long-time supporter of the Aquatic disciplines. A respected businessman in Mexico, Mr. Vazquez Raña had been President of his country’s Olympic Committee, IOC Member, President of ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees), Chairman of Olympic Solidarity, and was still presently President of PASO, the Pan-American Sports Organisation.
An Olympian in shooting, his contribution to the Olympic movement was remarkable for many decades, and his action largely contributed to the development of Sport in Mexico and in the five continents.
FINA Masters Committee assesses progress in build-up to World Championships
The FINA Masters Committee's inspection visit took place on February 5-7, 2015. The delegation led by FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu arrived in the capital of Tatarstan to check the host city's preparation for this summer's World Masters Championships. Among the delegates were Masters Committee chairman Edward Evelly, Masters Committee vice-chairman Mel Goldstein and FINA Bureau liaison Dr. Mohamed Diop.
Day 1 of the visit opened with a meeting attended by Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects, Azat Kadyrov, and heads of the functional areas involved in the preparation for the World Masters Championships. During the meeting, tournament directors responsible for aquatic disciplines were introduced for the first time to the FINA Masters Committee members.
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