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Medals unveiled for FINA 2015 and FINA 2015 Masters in Kazan

04.02.2015, 17:49 Official events
Medals for the 16th FINA World Championships and 16th FINA World Masters Championships were unveiled today during the press conference that took place at the Aquatics Palace, Kazan. Journalists were given the opportunity to take a look at how victory ceremonies will be held during this summer's major aquatics events.

Present at the press conference were Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects Azat Kadyrov, Member of the Heraldic Council under the President of the RepublicTatarstan Ilnur Minullin and Art Director of the Paradox Advertising Studio Ilshat Bayburin. 

In his speech, Azat Kadyrov noted that despite being a narrowly focused event, victory ceremonies are a key component in the preparation of the FINA World Championships. He then revealed major protocol formalities for the Championships' victory ceremonies. 

44 female models will be part of the victory ceremonies team. Major selection criteria are appealing appearance and experience working as part of a victory ceremonies team at international and national sporting events. 72 trays and 4,478 flower bouquets (588 for the main event and 3,890 for the Masters tournament) will be provided by the Kazan 2015 organisers for the victory ceremonies. 

There will also be a team of honour guards who will act as flag bearers and flag raisers for the ceremonies. It is expected that the team will be made up of 20 military students of Kazan Higher Military Command School. During his speech Azat Kadyrov took the opportunity to extend his gratitude to the school's management team for their contribution to the delivery of sporting events.  

Flags are another important aspect of victory ceremonies. 2,500 flags of participating nations and up to 60 official FINA 2015 and FINA 2015 Masters flags will be manufactured for protocol events. At the end of 2014, official flags of the 16th FINA World Championships and 16th FINA World Masters Championships were included in the Heraldic Register of the Republic of Tatarstan, which is a proof of 'a high status of the sporting event's preparation and its significance in the life of the republic', Ilnur Minullin was quoted as saying. After handing certificates of inclusion of the flags in the Heraldic Register to Azat Kadyrov, he also added: "This is an acknowledgement of the fact that from now on the Championships flags are part of the Tatarstan Heritage." 

The press conference culminated with the presentation of the Championships medals. According to Azat Kadyrov, the winning designs were selected during the best medal design contest which had been held between March and September 2014. 29 medal design entries were submitted for the FINA World Championships and 27 entries for the FINA World Masters Championships. The designs were later approved by President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin and were adopted by the FINA Bureau meeting in November 2014. 

The winning design for the main event's medals, 'Depth of Water', was created by the Paradox Advertising Studio (Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan). "When developing the medal concept, the designers were faced with quite a challenge - to give the impression of 'living' water," noted the company's art director Ilshat Bayburin. "We've tried to convey its moving surface, depth and fluidity in the medal designs. And this is exactly what makes them peculiar - you can literally feel the depth and sense the drawing power of this element."

The design picked in the FINA 2015 Masters medal category, ‘Full Throttle‘, was developed by the team (Moscow). The medals are designed to look like ancient artifacts – ‘eye-witnesses’ of the oldest sports tournaments. ‘Miraculously preserved through the ages’, these medals feature a swimmer gliding through water and have a profound symbolical meaning: desire to win, overcoming the elements on the road to success, readiness to be one on one with the challenges of fate and, of course, an unbreakable bond between human and water. All these ideas are contained in the slogan of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) – ‘Water Is Our World’. 

The medals were displayed at the event by student of Kazan Higher Military Command School, member of the school's multisport team and straight-A student, Ruslan Chernichenko, and Kazan 2015 Ambassador, winner of the 2014 Tatar Kyzy All-Russian Tatar Beauty Pageant, Alina Gizzatullina. 

63 volunteers and 48 temporary staff will be involved in the delivery of the victory ceremonies during the Championships. Rehearsals of flower and medal ceremonies kick off this July. 

Medals unveiled for FINA 2015 and FINA Masters 2015
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