IOC President praises preparations for first YOG
IOC President, Jacques Rogge, today wrapped up a successful trip to Singapore in the final months leading up to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August. The trip included a tour of the venues for sport, culture and education programme activities, and participation in the seminar organised for the National Olympic Committees that will send athletes to the YOG.
During his three-day visit, the President visited the Youth Olympic Village, Games venues, Opening and Closing Ceremony location, and the Intelligent Transport Systems Centre. He also took part in the Chefs de Mission seminar, which provided the delegation heads of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) with information and advice on how to prepare the athletes who will compete in August. During his trip he also dedicated time to give motivational speeches to the staff of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) and local university students.
Brazilian teams awarded at South American Games
Brazilian open water swimmer Ana Marcela Cunha won two medals at the South American Games taking place on March 20-25 in Medellin, Colombia. Cunha came first in the 5km and second in the 10km races.
In the 5km race, Cunha and Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto draw in the first place, clocking 1h01m56s. Nataly Caldas from Ecuador finished in third place in 1h01m59s.
In the Olympic distance, it was a tight race for Cunha, who finished second in 1h58m10s3. Only a few metres from the finish line, Pinto sped up and passed Cunha to eventually win the race in 1h58m10s1. Argentina’s Antonella Bogarin took bronze in 1h58m15s5.
Mexican swimmers take home 28 medals from Speedo Series
National swimmers are preparing for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, one of the year’s most important swimming competitions in the region.
Jesus Azuara, Vice President of the Mexican Swimming Federation, announced that Mexico came back with a tally of 28 medals from the last Speedo Champions Series in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze).
Four Mexican divers in the opening round of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series in Qingdao (CHN)
The national diving team travelled to Qingdao, China, to participate in the opening round of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series on March 27-28, 2010.
Diving team’s Vice President, Alberto Acosta, confirmed the participation of four Mexicans in the first stage, which brings together the world’s top eight divers. Among them are 10m platform world champion Paola Espinosa, Yahel Castillo, ranked sixth worldwide in the 3m springboard and pair Ivan Garcia and Germán Sánchez in the 10m platform synchro. The coaches accompanying the team are Ma Jin, Ivan Bautista and Stefan Marinov.
Kitajima back in the race
Japan’s Olympic gold medallist Kosuke Kitajima will return to competitive swimming after a 2-year break. The breaststroke swimmer is currently training at a swimming camp in the USA and will soon compete at the Japan Swim 2010, taking place at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Complex on April 13, 2010.
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