The Russian Short Course Swimming Championship opened today, November 7, at the Aquatics Palace, Kazan. The event will serve as a qualifier for the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championship to be staged in Hangzhou (CHN) on December 11-16. Admission to the tournament is free.
The opening ceremony was attended by special quests, Russia's Sport Minister Pavel Kolobkov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Leyla Fazleeva, four-time Olympic champion, President of the All-Russian Swimming Federation and FINA Bureau Member Vladimir Salnikov and Sport Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Vladimir Leonov.
In his speech, Pavel Kolobkov mentioned that the Russian Swimming Championship is held in Kazan for the sixth time - since 2013, when the Aquatics Palace was opened. "The best conditions were created at the Aquatics Palace for staging international events and for training swimmers. The venues hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade, 2015 FINA World Championships and many other sporting events. I wish the athletes to clock quick seconds, achieve good results and, of course, to qualify for the upcoming world championships!" the minister concluded.
Leyla Fazleeva gave a welcome speech on behalf of the participants and spectators of the Championship in the Republic of Tatarstan. “We are glad to welcome you in Kazan, Tatarstan. We wish all participants great impressions, victories, all supporters – bright emotions!” she said.
“Congratulate you on the start of the Russian Short Course Swimming Championship. I would like to wish all young swimmers in the stands to ratchet their results shown here up in the future and join the ranks of the strongest athletes of our country. Our swimmers are expected to qualify for the World Short Course Swimming Championship. Thank you and good luck!” noted Vladimir Salnikov.
Among the participants of the Championship which will run till 12 November are 849 athletes from 60 regions, including Olympic medallists Sergey Fesikov and Anastasia Fesikova, Evgeny Rylov, Evgeny Lagunov, Nikita Lobintsev, Mikhail Polishchuk, world and European champions and prize-winners Clement Kolesnikov, Alexander Krasnykh, Veronika Andrusenko and Vyacheslav Andrusenko, Mikhail Vekovischev, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Andrey Shabasov, Grigory Tarasevich, Mikhail Dorinov, Oleg Kostin, Nikolai Skvortsov, Alexander Kharlanov, Egor Kuimov, Darya K. Ustinova, Svetlana Chimrova, Maria Kameneva, Rosalia Nasretdinova, Anna Egorova, and many other outstanding athletes.
During 6 days athletes will compete for 46 medals. The best athletes with the highest FINA score table results will be determined. The team rating is summarized separately within groups among the subjects of the Russian Federation, in accordance with the allotment for 2018, and it is determined by the sum of points gained by all team members in the individual programs.
As part of the WFTU spectator program, autograph sessions with the stars of the Russian swimming, including the legend of the national sport, four-time Olympic champion, President of the All-Russian Swimming Federation, FINA bureau member Vladimir Salnikov, will be organized in the lobby of the Aquatics Palace for spectators of the championship.
The organizers of the Russian Short Course Swimming Championship are the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, ANO “Directorate of Sports and Social Projects”, All-Russian Swimming Federation, and Swimming Federation of the Republic of Tatarstan.
The Championship will be held with the support of the General Sponsor of the Championship – FSUE “Russian Post” and other sponsors – Gazprom PAO, United Chemical Company URALCHEM AO, Siberian Coal Energy Company AO, Aerospace Equipment Corporation AO, Rostech State Corporation, Compulink and Arena companies.
Media Department of Directorate for Sports and Social Projects