Official website of 16th FINA World Masters Championships 2015 in Kazan

More than 500 athletes from 42 nations set to compete at FINA World Masters Championships in Kazan

07.04.2015, 17:53 Official events
The 16th FINA World Masters Championships will be held in Kazan on August 5-16, 2015. The events will take place in 14 age groups (from 25 to more than 100 years old). It is expected that 5,000-6,000 athletes representing 110 nations will take part in the Championships. 635 medal events will be contested. 318 technical officials, among them 30 internatinal ones and 288 national ones, will be involved in the delivery of the tournament.

The Russian Swimming Masters Championships and FINA World Masters Championships were two main topics of the briefing that took place Tuesday morning at Tatarstan's Cabinet of Ministers. Present at the meeting also were Vladimir Leonov, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan, Azat kadyrov, Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects, and seasoned Masters athlete from Tatarstan, Pavel Glebov. 

The participants will compete across five sports. The competitions will be held at five venues: Aquatics Palace (swimming, diving), Akcharlak Swimming Pool (synchronised swimming), Kazanka Venue (open water swimming), Burevestnik and Olymp swimming pools (water polo). 

The participant registration kicked off on February 17 and runs on the official website of the 16th FINA World Championships 2015 in Kazan, The deadline for entries is June 15. As for now, 531 athletes representing 42 nations registered in FINA GMS. 

According to the Executive Order of the Russian Federation No 430-р of March 14, 2015, regulations have been established for issuing free visas to World Masters Championships participants. With the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Russian MFA’s temporary consular representative office will operate on the premises of the Kazan International Airport between July 15 and August 20, 2015.

The FINA World Masters Championships Main Accreditation Centre will be located in the Main International Centre. Athletes and technical officials will be accredited there.

Such client groups as the FINA Family, FINA Guests, FINA Marketing Partners, FINA Agents, FINA Partners and Suppliers, etc. will be able to collect their accreditation badges in the FINA Family Accreditation Centre situated in the Korson Mall and Hotel.

It is expected that the total number of Masters athletes accredited for the Championships will amount to 6,318 people. The Main Accreditation Centre will operate 24/7; the FINA Family Accreditation Centre will be open from 8.00am to 8.00pm.

The official points of arrival will be the Kazan International Airport, Kazan-1 railway station and Kazan-2 transport interchange hub.

Provision of usual services will be arranged at the arrival/departure points: welcome desks, meet and greet volunteers, etc.; separate passport and customs control booths branded with the Kazan 2015 Masters logo will also be set up at the Kazan International Airport.

Shuttle buses will run from the arrival points to the Accreditation Centre and back between August 2 and 18. The shuttle service will be free for all Masters participants.  

The transport system will feature city buses circulating between the Athletes’ Village and sports venues on a set schedule. The transport timetable will be organised strictly in compliance with the competition schedule. Efforts are underway to ensure free travel on public transport for all accredited Masters participants.

The Kazan 2015 Masters fleet will include 8 tourist coaches (only for arrivals and departures), 15 city buses, 22 passenger cars and minivans  (they will be allocated to transport the FINA Family and technical delegates). Passenger cars will be provided by OAO AVTOVAZ, the Automative Partner of the 2015 FINA World Championships.

The Athletes’ Village has been designated by FINA as the official accommodation for World Masters Championships participants. 22 residential buildings (clusters 2 and 3) will be used to accommodate athletes and team officials. Their total capacity is 4,500 people.

A high priority is given to provision of medical services during the Championships. Inpatient care will be rendered at six leading medical centres: Republican Clinical Hospital, City Clinical Hospital No 7, Children’s Republican Clinical Hospital, Interregional Clinical Diognostic Centre, Republican Clinical Hospital of Infectious Diseases and the Republican Clinical Eye Hospital. A health centre will also operate on the premises of the Athletes’ Village.

It is planned that more than 500 medical professionals and 113 medical volunteers will be employed to render medical care during the Championships. In April-May 2015, training will be launched for medical staff at Kazan State Medical Academy and for nursing staff at Kazan Medical College to prepare them to deliver emergency medical treatment to Championships participants and visitors.

An interdepartmental emergency response centre has been established to provide public order and security in the build-up to and during both Championships. During the competitions, access to the venues will be allowed only upon presentation of accreditation badges.

High-skill rescuers and divers will work at the Masters tournament to ensure safety in the water. Geographical layout of open water swimming venues with the locations of rescue teams and their equipment has been developed and submitted to FINA for approval. The grounds surrounding the water area will also be protected against unauthorised physical access and criminal violations. 5 life-boats, 22 rescuers and 7 water divers will be involved in lifesaving operations during the competitions.

The victory ceremonies for swimming and diving events will be held at the FINA Water World Park. Winners and runners-up in all other sports will be awarded at venues (water polo – Olymp Swimming Pool, synchronised swimming – Akcharlak Swimming Pool, open water swimming – Kazanka Venue). 3,309 flower bouquets will be provided for the victory ceremonies.

The Masters 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. The medal designs were adopted by the FINA Bureau meeting in November 2014.

The FINA World Masters Championships opening and closing ceremonies will be held in the FINA Water World Park on August 10 and 16 respectively. 

Tatarstan's Cabinet of Ministers - Russian Masters Championships
Tatarstan's Cabinet of Ministers - FINA Masters 2015
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