FINA Newsletter #4


Newsletter #4 // February 26th 2014



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This newsletter provides you with background information and news on FINA's activities and upcoming events.







water polo family gathers in cancun to "share the magic of team sports"









The FINA World Water Polo Conference kicks off tomorrow, February 27, in Cancun (MEX). During two days, under the motto "Sharing the Magic of Team Sports", water polo will be at the centerstage of discussion panels between FINA and internationally-recognised team sports figures.

This unique opportunity will allow the water polo community to share experience with renowned speakers from the big leagues, such as NFL, NBA, NHL and ICC, and discuss new trends in popular sports, such as Rugby 7 and beach volleyball, in order to maintain water polo at the top of its game and find innovative ways to expand it.

A discussion panel with global sponsors Arena, Dentsu, BrandActivator and Navigate Research will be organised on Day 1. World-class water polo players, past and present, will also have their say, with Brenda Villa (USA), Johanne Begin (CAN), Slobodan Nikic (SRB) and Alessandro Campagna (ITA) taking part in another discussion panel.

On Day 2, experts from the media and digital world, including Google/YouTube, NBC Olympics, TV Asahi and AIPS, will discuss the popularity of water polo and team sports. The Conference will conclude with a panel hosted by water polo leaders from Spain, the Netherlands, Hungary and USA on how to make the sport more attractive, and a testimony by special guest Jesus Mena, Minister of Sport in Mexico.

A live Twitter Q&A will be available during the Conference. All videos from the discussion panels will be available on FINAtv as well.



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Guadalajara welcomes diving hopefuls for YOG qualifying event



YOGdivingThe FINA Diving Qualifying Event for the 2nd Youth Olympic Games will take place from March 1-2, 2014 in Guadalajara (MEX).

The competition programme includes six events: men's 3m springboard, women's 3m springboard, men's 10m platform, women's 10m platform, mixed 3m team event and mixed 10m team event.

A total 48 divers will compete in the men's and women's 3m springboard and 10m platform. The top-9 finishers at the qualifying event will earn a berth. One spot is reserved for the host country (China) and two are universality places.

Nanjing (CHN) will host the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games from August 16-28, 2014.

With diving and swimming events on the programme, the YOG gather the best athletes aged 14 to 18 years old from more than 200 National Olympic Committees to celebrate the values of sport, cultural exchange and education.



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Women's World League: latest updates


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The Intercontinental tournament for the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League 2014, which includes teams from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania, will be held in Riverside, California (USA) from May 19-25.

The preliminaries for Europe are underway with the fifth round to be organised on March 18, 2014 with the following games:

Group A: RUS-GBR in Chelyabinsk
Group B: HUN-ITA in Budapest

The Women's FINA Water Polo World League Super Final will be held in Kunshan (CHN) from June 10-15.


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