Kazan has just opened its international training camp for athletes who are receiving a scholarship from the FINA Development Centre. 30 swimmers from 24 countries will be training at the Aquatics Palace from October 21 to October 29, under the tutelage of two world-famous coaches: Miguel Lopez Alvarado from Spain and Graham Hill from South Africa.
“The camp is meant for trainees from countries where the development of aquatics is just getting started, but athletes have great potential. FINA is happy to encourage these athletes and to make sure that they are able to train in a favourable environment, taking their homeland’s sport to a whole new level and eventually competing in world championships and the Olympic Games. There are only three such centres in the world: one in Thailand, one in Senegal, and one in Russia. Having a camp like this is an unprecedented event in the centres’ history. Apart from athletes representing the FINA centre in Kazan, there will also be some talented swimmers from Thailand and from Team South Korea,” says Ranko Tepavcevic, Deputy Director General of Directorate for Sports and Social Projects.
The training camp will prepare the scholarship recipients for the upcoming FINA Swimming World Cup, which will be taking place in Kazan from November 1 to November 3. They will get a chance to compete for the Cup’s medals against the world’s best swimmers.
FINA opened its Development Centre in Kazan in September of 2018. The Centre aims to foster athletes from various countries as they prepare for world championships and the Olympic Games, in addition to improving the skill level of coaches and referees from Russia and the neighbouring nations. Since the programme’s launch, as many as 8 swimmers from 8 countries have already undergone training in the centre (including 2 that were preparing for the Gwangju Championships). In May 2019, the centre welcomed the first scholarship recipients specialising in diving; three of them took part in FINA World Cup 2019 in Korea and starting from September this year, the trainees have been getting ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Media Department of Directorate for Sports and Social Projects