Julio Maglione: “Today Kazan is a hub for development of aquatic sports in Russia"

Julio Maglione: “Today Kazan is a hub for development of aquatic sports in Russia"

April 15, 2019 - 12:38
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On 14 April, FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione visited Kazan again. He inspected the progress of preparation for the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series 2019 to be held for the first time in Russia on 19-21 April, and the FINA Development Centre, established in September 2019.

On 14 April, FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione visited Kazan again. He inspected the progress of preparation for the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series 2019 to be held for the first time in Russia on 19-21 April, and the FINA Development Centre, established in September 2019.

Julio Maglione visited the Aquatics Palace, where students of the FINA Centre have been training. Athletes from 7 countries (Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Georgia, Latvia, Montenegro, the DPRK, and Pakistan) are currently enrolled at the FINA Centre. The President had a meeting with the Centre’s athletes, Gulnara Garipova, Head Coach, Azat Kadyrov, Director General of the Directorate for Sports and Social Projects, and Ranko Tepavcevic, Centre Coordinator, Deputy Director General of the Directorate for Sports and Social Projects.

“Currently only swimmers train here, divers will join them soon. The Kazan Centre is the only one centre ready to provide a world-class infrastructure for training swimmers and divers,” noted the FINA President.

“All athletes started their training. They became friends, a warm and homely atmosphere within the group helped them to adapt to the new living and training conditions. The main thing is that they are motivated to improve their results and nothing distracts them from the training process!” Azat Kadyrov admitted.

The FINA Centre in Kazan provides athletes with great conditions for professional growth. At the same time, staying in Kazan will allow them to take part in the competitions held under the auspices of FINA, for example, the Swimming World Cup or World Series (which take place annually in Kazan) without additional travel expenses and with the opportunity to compete in the pool they are well familiar with.

“Together with the FINA Centre in Thailand, we have planned an annual educational experience sharing programme. As part of this programme, we will arrange joint training camps here before the Kazan leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup. 20 athletes training at the FINA Centre in Thailand will join the students of our Centre. All of them will take part in the FINA Swimming World Cup in Kazan together with leading swimmers of the planet. An opportunity to participate in the top world competitions is also part of the educational programme of our Centre,” Ranko Tepavcevic told about the upcoming  plans of the project.

It is expected that training courses for coaches and officials hosted by leading international experts will be organized every year at FINA Centre in Kazan as part of FINA scholarship programmes and FINA schools. Thus, on 18-21 April, a seminar for artistic swimming coaches will be held as part of the educational module of the FINA Centre. Its participants will receive a FINA certificate of completion. The FINA School for Judges will be organized on the same days, and the judges will pass a qualifying exam after it. 

It should be mentioned that the FINA Development Centre was opened in Kazan in September 2018 jointly by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) and the All-Russian Swimming Federation after the ceremony of signing a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Tatarstan, constituent entity of the Russian Federation, on behalf of which the Ministry of Sports acted.

The FINA Centre in Kazan joined other training complexes and centres under the auspices of FINA, including the FINA Development Centre in Dakar (Senegal), as well as the FINA training facilities in the Thanyapura Sports Complex in Phuket (Thailand) and the SPIRE Institute in Geneva (Ohio, USA).

All centres operate as part of the organization of various scholarship programmes and FINA development programmes, and they are aimed at training athletes from different continents and regions of the globe. Recently, FINA has decided to launch a diving scholarship programme, and Kazan is the only centre capable of providing all national federations with a high level of services.

Organization of operational work and all the activities of the Centre was entrusted to the Directorate for Sports and Social Projects due to their ten-year experience in holding major events, including the 2015 FINA World Championships, annual FINA Diving World Series, Swimming World Cup, as well as the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series in Kazan.

The establishment of the FINA Centre contributed to the heritage of the 2013 World Universiade and the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan. well-developed sports infrastructure and experience enable the city to become the FINA educational centre that supports the use of the heritage of large-scale events in the best possible way, builds long-term collaboration with countries and cities of the world that can not only organize an event, but also provide support and a great platform for the future development of all aquatic disciplines.

Media Department of Directorate for Sports and Social Projects

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