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FINA inspection team assesses Kazan's progress in build-up to World Masters Championships

07.02.2015, 12:00 Official events
The FINA Masters Committee's inspection visit is underway in Kazan between February 5 and 7.

The delegation led by FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu arrived in the capital of Tatarstan to check the host city's preparation for this summer's World Masters Championships. Among the delegates are Masters Committee Chairman Edward Evelly, Masters Committee Vice-Chairman Mel Goldstein, FINA Bureau liaison Mohamed Diop and others. 

Day 1 of the visit opened with a meeting attended by Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects, Azat Kadyrov, and heads of the functional areas involved in the preparation for the World Masters Championships. During the meeting, tournament directors responsible for aquatic disciplines were introduced for the first time to the FINA Masters Committee members. It should be noted that tournament directors assigned for both Championships were chosen from members of corresponding Russian sports federations, which demonstrates the importance attached to the Championships preparation. 

For instance, Vice-President of the All-Russian Swimming Federation Grigory Stetsyuk was appointed to coordinate the preparation of swimming and open water swimming events. Irek Zinnurov, Merited Master of Sport, silver and bronze Olympic medallist, is going to supervise the build-up to the water polo tournament. Synchronised swimming tournament preparation will be overseen by Tatiana Galkova, member of the Russian Synchronised Swimming Federation Presidium and internationally certified judge, who also served as a tournament director during the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Andrey Beketov, senior coach of the Russian junior diving team and internationally certified judge, who also supervised the 2013 Summer Universiade diving tournament, will manage the preparation of the diving tournament.

Yesterday, on the second day of the inspection visit, the FINA delegates were provided updates on the services due to be rendered to client groups during the World Masters Championships, viewed a number of sports venues and visited the Athletes' Village and Main International Centre. Today's programme of visit will see the delegates tour more sports venues and meet organisers to discuss the preparation of tournaments in each sport. 

"Despite the fact that the Masters Championships are held almost simultaneously with the FINA World Championships, its planning and delivery have some peculiarities. First of all, these competitions are held in 14 age groups for athletes aged between 25 and 100," said Masters Committee Chair Edward Evelly. "Events are contested every day, sometimes from early morning and up until late evening. This will require more workforce, volunteers and infrastructure."

Azat Kadyrov noted that for the first time in the FINA history both Championships will be held in one city and almost at the same time. "On the one hand, it facilitates the task, on the other hand, it requires additional mobilisation and swift readjustment. We are going to host these competitions for the first time and, despite the fact that in terms of size and scope this tournament is far from being a high-profile event, its significance in terms of promoting aquatic sports is immense. Among Masters athletes are often winners of major national and international events who wrapped up their professional sports careers but continue training to keep fit. During the Masters Championships, athletes not only compete but also socialise and have a good time together, which makes the tournament's atmosphere look more like that of a festival," he said. 

The 16th FINA World Championships will be held in Kazan on August 5-16. Around 5,000-6,000 athletes representing 100-110 countries are expected to take part in the competitions. The tournament will feature a total of 653 medal events. The accreditation process for Masters participants will be launched on the official FINA website on February 17.

The next inspection visit of the FINA Masters Committee is scheduled for July. 

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