The 16th FINA World Masters Championships 2015 Kicks Off at Kazan

The 16th FINA World Masters Championships 2015 is scheduled to take place between 5th and 16th August 2015 at Kazan. For the first time the championship is integrated to the FINA World Championship with the events kicking off  in the same venues with equaled spirits. Focused solely on aquatic sports, the championships are open for 14 different age groups, 25 years to more than 100 years of age. The participating squad comprise of Olympic champions and runners-up, world title holders and winners of continental championships.

Facts and Figures of 16th FINA World Masters Championships - Kazan 2015

  • 25 to 100 years of age for athletes
  • 2,639 athletes expected participants
  • 71 nations involved
  • 635 contested medal standings
  • 318 (30 international, 288 national) technical officials

History

  • 1978, Toronto, Canada - First attempt to formalise International Masters swimming was made at the inaugural Age Group Aquatic Competition
  • 1983, Sydney - Formation of Masters Swimming – International (MSI), with Australian Gary Stutsel as the first President
  • 1984, Indianapolis - FINA Bureau formed a Masters Commission
  • 1985 - Special rules were drawn up for the Masters to join the FINA family of sports
  • 1986, Tokyo - The inaugural MSI World Masters Championships were organised under FINA rules
  • 1986 Madrid - Masters became a formal member of the FINA family of sports during the congress
  • 1988, Australia - Second World Masters Championships
  • 1990, Brazil - Third World Masters Championships, Swimming remained the only sport
  • 2012 - The FINA Bureau made a decision to expand the existing programme of the FINA World Championships and to add the Masters tournament to it, beginning 2015
  • 2015, Kazan - The 16th FINA World Masters Championships will take place

The five aquatic sports to be held are:

  • Synchronised Swimming :  35 athletes, 11 countries, August 5 – 10
  • Open Water Swimming :    376 swimmers, 17 countries, August 7
  • Swimming :                           2,000 swimmers, 63 countries, August 10 – 16
  • Water Polo :                          429 players, 26 countries, August 10 – 16
  • Diving :                                  73 athletes, 22 countries, August 12 – 14

Schedule

For detailed schedule of swimming events – finals, click here.

For more Meet information, click here

 

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