Preparation for the sixth leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup is in full swing as Kazan’s Aquatics Palace is preparing its infrastructure for hosting the competition on 1-3 November. Participants of the FINA Development Centre training camp – 30 swimmers from 24 countries – are actively gearing up for the event. The athletes train under careful guidance of Graham Hill, coach of Olympic champion Chad le Clos, and Miguel Lopez Alvarado, head coach of the FINA Development Centre in Thailand. Today, coaches and athletes shared their impression of the work done in the final few days, and their expectations of the upcoming tournament.
Ranko Tepavcevic, Deputy Director General of the Directorate for Sports and Social Projects
“Today here we see the athletes who will be competing in the FINA Swimming World Cup and are participants of the FINA Development Centre. The FINA Swimming World Cup is one of the qualifying events for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The athletes’ training schedules are very busy; they are trained by the best coaches. We are very happy that they joined this project.”
Graham Hill, coach of Olympic champion Chad le Clos
“The training process is going well. We want to thank Kazan for inviting us to the FINA Development Centre for the training session in the lead-up to the World Cup. It’s difficult to make predictions, to try to guess who will win. Most Russian swimmers are in good form, Vladimir Morozov for example. I’ve been here for several days and I was lucky to meet some of your local athletes. I think that you have some really strong swimmers who train at high level. I was here at the FINA World Championships in Kazan in 2015. You have awesome facilities for hosting both competitions and training sessions. I hope that we will be able to come here on a regular basis.”
Pere Miro, Head of FINA Development Programme
“All profits earned by the International Swimming Federation are invested in aquatic sports. Kazan has a great legacy thanks to hosting high-profile sporting events that’s why it was decided to organize the FINA Development Centre here. The Aquatics Palace is a top facility that offers best conditions and atmosphere for efficient training programmes.”
Miguel Lopez Alvarado, head coach of FINA Development Centre in Thailand
“There are not so many cities in the world that have the same infrastructure as Kazan. I think that Kazan is in the top 10 of the world. The facilities in Kazan are not only good but also very versatile; here you can have young kids training at the same time with adults. Whoever designed this has a long-term vision mind. I think that FINA Development Centres give us the opportunity to share our knowledge and to improve our skills. When I first came here, it really stood up in my mind that Russian coaches wanted to share so much. So I had instant chemistry with them.”
The training camp prepares the scholarship recipients for the upcoming FINA Swimming World Cup, which will be taking place in Kazan. They will get a chance to compete for the Cup’s medals against the world’s best swimmers.
The sixth leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup will take place on 1-3 November. 200 athletes from 50 countries are expected to participate in the competition. Among them are Katinka Hosszu (HUN), Vladimir Morozov (RUS), Anton Chupkov (RUS), Alexander Krasnykh (RUS), Emily Seebohm (AUT), Bronte Campbell (AUT), Kate Campbell (AUT) and others.
The Tatarstan capital already hosted the FINA World Cup in 2018. As agreed with FINA, the legs of the FINA Swimming World Cup will be held in Kazan annually until 2021.
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Media Department of Directorate for Sports and Social Projects