The sixth leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup takes place at Kazan’s Aquatics Palace on 1-3 November. The tournament will bring together over 250 athletes from 50 countries. President of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Dr. Julio Maglione, who attended the press conference that took place today on the eve of the competition, expressed confidence that the World Cup will be held to the highest standards.
The FINA President reminded that in 2015 Kazan played host to the FINA World Championships. The tournament left behind the legacy – swimming pools the number of which increased several times. Apart from that, the FINA Development Centre was opened in Kazan and a training camp has been functioning here in the lead-up to the Swimming World Cup.
In 2019, all heats of the Swimming World Cup are held in a 50-metre pool and are part of the qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. In 2022, Kazan will stage the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), and in 2025 the Tatarstan capital will again become host for the FINA World Championships. According to President of the Russian Swimming Federation, Vladimir Salnikov, it is planned that a new complex will be erected in Kazan to host competitions in swimming and other aquatic sports. “We do not count on a football stadium; there are other options. One of them is construction of a new complex,” he said.
The Swimming World Cup is held by FINA since 1988. The Tatarstan capital has been hosting the tournament since 2018. According to the agreement with FINA, legs of the FINA Swimming World Cup will be staged in Kazan annually until 2021. Vladimir Salnikov stated that if earlier Kazan was little known in the aquatic world, after 2015 the situation has changed drastically. “Kazan acquired importance in the world of aquatic sports. As one of the leading sports in the republic, swimming started to gain ground. I’m happy that the World Cup leg that brings together famous athletes contributes to it, draws attention to this sport,” said the President of the Russian Swimming Federation.
According to Minister of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan, Vladimir Leonov, the three competition days will see the world’s strongest swimmers compete for trophies in an uncompromising battle. “This year we’ve prepared the infrastructurea a little bit in a different way; we are looking forward to seeing swimming fans at the Aquatics Palace,” Tatarstan’s Minister of Sport said. More than 30 sets of medals will be contested during the World Cup.
Among World Cup participants is Russian swimmer, Merited Master of Sport of Russia, Olympic bronze medallist and many-time medal winner of world and European championships Vladimir Morozov. After five legs, Vladimir Morozov is ahead in the men’s overall rankings in the series with 264 points. “The penultimate leg of the World Cup will be the most complicated one. The main task for me is not to lose a single race,” the Russian swimmer concluded.
Australian swimmer, two-time Olympic champion and five-time world champion Emily Seebohm admitted at the press conference that she was happy to return to Kazan and her fondest memories are connected with this city following the 2015 FINA World Championships. “This time I have more time to explore the city. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time for it during my previous visits,” she said. Speaking of the tournament, Emily Seebohm explained that it will be quite challenging because the world’s best swimmers came to Kazan. “I do my best to improve my result with every passing leg. It’s very important for me. We have the Olympic Games ahead of us and we need to train and show everything we are capable of; we need to give it one hundred and ten percent,” the swimmer said.
The Swimming World Cup opening ceremony will take place at the Aquatics Palace on 1 November at 17:30. Preliminaries start at 10:00, finals will be held at 18:00.
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