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PR1 - FINA and EBU extend partnership until 2013

FINA and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are pleased to announce the extension of their longstanding partnership for the distribution of the European media rights until 2013. The agreement includes the 2011 and 2013 FINA World Championships in addition to the 2010 and 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). Following the success of the last FINA World Championships in Rome, swimming will continue to be shown widely in Europe by public service broadcasters. The deal covers 62 EBU territories guaranteeing swimming and the aquatic sports maximum exposure not only on free-to-air television but also on Internet, mobile platforms and radio. FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione highlighted the importance of this partnership: “After years of fruitful co-operation and still with a vivid memory of the outstanding figures achieved at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome (ITA), we are very pleased to renew this agreement with EBU. I am sure that the upcoming editions of our major competition will once more enchant many millions of TV viewers in the European territories covered by EBU, thus enhancing the value and image of our aquatic sports.” EBU Director-General Jean Réveillon expressed satisfaction of the outcome of the discussions: “We are pleased to have been chosen by FINA to be their exclusive European partner across all media for the World Championships and to continue to broadcast swimming widely. The Swimming World Championships are one of the most exciting and popular sports events, and guarantee good ratings for European public broadcasters.” For the first time in the history of the FINA World Championships, the cumulative TV audience in Europe for the latest edition of the competition, from July 17-August 2, 2009 in Rome (ITA) reached almost 1.5 billion viewers.

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04Jan2010

Esporte Clube Pinheiros wins second title in Brazil’s WP League

The Esporte Clube Pinheiros won its second title in the Men's National League of Water Polo (João Havelange Trophy). In the second final game, Pinheiros defeated Fluminense by 12-7 in Rio de Janeiro. In the first decisive match, Pinheiros was also better, scoring 12-5. Last year, Pinheiros and Fluminense also played the final games and the Pinheiros club got the title as well.

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18Dec2009

Istanbul successfully organised European SC Swimming Championships

The continental swimming elite concluded the year at an impressive level at the 13th European Short Course Swimming Championships held in Istanbul (TUR) from December 10-13, 2009. Ten World records (pending FINA approval) were established during the competition.  The Netherlands were the top nation by medals with ten gold, three silver and one bronze, followed by Russia (8-5-8), France (6-2-3), Germany (5-3-4), Hungary (3-4-1) and Croatia (2-3-0). No nation had achieved more than ten titles at European Short Course Championships since Sweden in Valencia 2000. The Championships Trophy, however, went to Russia for the best team by points (909), far ahead of Germany (671), Italy (600), France (586), the Netherlands (520) and Sweden (476). Swimmers from 22 nations shared the medals in Istanbul. 41 participating LEN Member Federations were present, meaning a new participation record.Istanbul will host in 2012, the 11th edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

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18Dec2009

Japan collects 19 gold medals at the East Asian Games

The Japanese Team entered home after the 5th East Asian Games, held from December 5-13, 2009 in Hong Kong (HKG). 34 swimmers (19 men and 15 women) and eight divers (four men, four women) took part in the competition. The Japanese delegation came home with 19 gold medals. The Games were attended by over 2,300 top athletes from nine countries of the region: China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Macau, DPR Korea, Chinese Taipei and Guam. 22 sports were represented in these Games and more than 1,700 international journalists were accredited to the competition. Overall, China was very strong and dominated the operations.

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18Dec2009

Libby Trickett (AUS) retires from swimming

Dual Olympian, world record holder and multiple world champion Libby Trickett has announced on December 14, 2009 that she will retire from competitive swimming with immediate effect.One of Australia’s most decorated female swimmers of the modern era, the 24-year-old plans to spend more time with her family and look to pursue a career in the media with Network TEN and ONE.Speaking at today’s announcement, Trickett said it has been the most difficult decision of her life, but one she is now completely comfortable with.

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14Dec2009

Australia Wins 10th Holiday Cup in Women's Water Polo

Australia took home first place of the 2009 Holiday Cup anchored by tourney MVP Bronwen Knox and Top Goalie Victoria Brown. They defeated Russia 11-9 in the final day of action to claim the outright title. Team USA tied Canada 8-8 and earned second place at the event (held in Newport Beach, CA, USA) while Canada took third. Italy defeated the Netherlands 9-7 to earn their first win of the event despite the Holiday Cup's leading scorer Mieke Cabout who led the five day event in scoring.The rest of the standings saw Russia in fourth, the Netherlands in fifth and Italy ending in sixth place.

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14Dec2009

FC Porto and Diogo Carvalho, the best in Winter Nationals

A top-class Futebol Clube do Porto as a team, and Diogo Carvalho individually were simply the best at the recent Portuguese Winter Championships (short course) in the ancient city of Leiria (129 km north of Lisbon).From December 4-6, most of the best Portuguese swimmers gathered to the first national event of the season, without the presence of many valuable swimmers such as Simão Morgado, Pedro Oliveira, Carlos Almeida and Tiago Venâncio, in a meet where the club from the North of the country demonstrated its supremacy: 12 gold - 8 silver - 8 bronze medals, a total of 28, way far from Sporting (Lisbon) with 5-7-8, total of 20, but with more national records (counting all ages).

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14Dec2009

PR89 - Second victory for Montenegro, Italy, Croatia and Serbia

The second round of the European groups of the 2010 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League took place on December 8, in Nancy (FRA), Stuttgart (GER), Makarska (CRO), Athens (GRE), Istanbul (TUR) and Oradea (ROU). After these six games, four teams have now won two times, reinforcing the lead in their groups. In Group A, Montenegro and Italy share the first place with two triumphs each. After beating France in round 1, the Balkan team defeated this time Germany by 16-7. Also playing outside its country, Italy was clearly superior to France (11-7) – the Italians had been better than Germany in round 1. The third round of games, on January 26, 2010 will oppose the two leading teams of the group. In Group B, Croatia emerged as leader after this round, thanks to the victory over Russia (12-7). In the previous round, the Croatians had also beaten FYR Macedonia, while Russia was better than Greece. In the other match on December 8, Greece defeated, in Athens, their neighbours from FYR Macedonia by 8-6. Russians and Hellenics now share the second position of the group (one victory, one loss), while FYR Macedonia has accumulated two defeats. Finally, in Group C, Serbia is also the only team with two successes, after beating Romania by 7-5 in Oradea. In the previous round, the Serbians had defeated Turkey. The Turkish squad also lost in this second round, at home in Istanbul, against Spain (4-9). Like in Group B, Romania and Spain (one victory, one loss) are in the second position. Provisional rankings GROUP A: 1. SRB, 6 pts (2 wins); 2. ITA, 6 (2W); 3. FRA, 0 (2 losses); 4. GER, 0 (2L) GROUP B: 1. CRO, 6 pts (2W); 2. RUS, 3 (1W, 1L); 3. GRE, 3 (1W, 1L); 4. MKD, 0 (2L) GROUP C: 1. SRB, 6 pts (2W); 2. ROU, 3 (1W, 1L); 3. ESP, 3 (1W, 1L); 4. TUR, 0 (2L) Next round (January 26, 2010): Group A: ITA-MNE & GER-FRA Group B: MKD-RUS & GRE-CRO Group C: SRB-ESP & TUR-ROU

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09Dec2009

2005 Antidoping Statistics

2005 ANNUAL TESTING

FINA has conducted 1830 tests in 2005, 1090 of these were completed out-of-competition.

OOCT
INCOMP

by country
by country

Africa
33
35

Americas
250
159

Asia
143
73

Europe
495
403

Oceania
169
73

Total
1090
743

Out of competition testing (OOCT)

The FINA Unannounced Out-of-Competition Testing Programme for the year 2005 included 631 swimmers from 51 nationalities making a total of 1090 tests.
FINA, in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency, also conducted 260 additional out-of-competition tests.

In competition testing (INCOMP)

505 swimmers from 52 nationalities were tested in competition with the occasion of the 2005 FINA Competitions making a total of 740 tests.

2005 TESTING DURING FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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08Dec2009

2004 Antidoping Statistics

2004 ANNUAL TESTING

FINA conducted 2052 tests in 2004, 1060 of these were completed out-of-competition.

OOCT
INCOMP

by country
by country

Africa
25
40

Americas
261
239

Asia
129
120

Europe
522
475

Oceania
112
118

Total
1060
992

Out of competition testing (OOCT)

The FINA Unannounced Out-of-Competition Testing Programme 2004 included 603 swimmers from 53 nationalities making a total of 1060 tests. This total includes 34 EPO tests.
FINA, in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency, also conducted 212 additional out-of-competition tests.

In competition testing (INCOMP)

588 swimmers from 77 nationalities were tested in competition with the occasion of the 2004 FINA Competitions and the Olympic Games Athens 2004 making a total of 992 test.

2004 TESTING DURING FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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08Dec2009

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