Today the Russian Short Course Swimming Championship kicked off at the Aquatics Palace, Kazan. 849 athletes from 60 Russian regions are among the participants of the Championship. It gathered a record number of swimmers within recent years, as reported by the President of the All-Russian Swimming Federation and FINA Bureau Member Vladimir Salnikov at the press conference.
The Short Course Swimming Championship has become a tradition for Kazan. It is organized not for the first time here. “Kazan demonstrates a high level of organization, so the choice of this city for the event is obvious”, Vladimir Salnikov said. The press conference of the All-Russian Swimming Federation will take place on 12 November, the last day of the tournament. The elections to the Executive Committee of the Federation will be conducted there, as reported by Salnikov.
“Russian athletes show excellent results”, noted the President of the All-Russian Swimming Federation. According to him, many young competitive swimmers appear and enter into rivalry with more experienced athletes. That is what accounts for the high results.
The number of swimmers from Tatarstan increased as well as the general number of athletes participating in the tournament in Kazan, as mentioned by the Sport Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Vladimir Leonov. 80 representatives of Tatarstan, including 53 men and 27 women, will compete for medals during the Championship. “All top-swimmers stand in line. Such a competitive atmosphere. We will cheer for our athletes”, admitted the Sport Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Vladimir Leonov focused on the fact that there is the infrastructure required not only for professional sport, also for turning swimming into a popular kind of sport in the Republic of Tatarstan. As of today, there are 225 swimming pools in Tatarstan. Recently, 8 pools intended for short course swimming have been put in commission. In the near future, an Olympic swimming pool will start working in Almetyevsk, coach-recruiting process has begun. By the way, some swimmers representing Tatarstan at the Russian Championship are originally from Kazan.
The Russian State Duma Deputy, Member of the Committee on Labor, Social Policy and Veterans' Affairs, Honored Coach of Russia Olga Pavlova told about the development of swimming in the Republic of Tatarstan. She mentioned that 61 000 children (2-4 grade students) engage in swimming. Moreover, competitions for people with special needs and senior citizens are organized in the Republic of Tatarstan.
The Russian Championship in Kazan will become a qualifying event for the World Short Course Swimming Championship (Hangzhou, China, 11-16 December 2018). A head coach of the Russian Swimming Team Sergey Chepik informed about the high qualification standard. The team has yet to show their skills and compete for medals not only at the tournament in China, but also in the Short Course Swimming Championship 2019 in South Korea.
Media Department of Directorate for Sports and Social Projects