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Gwangju 2019 gives final touch on venues construction

by ZwemZa on June 20th, 2019

The 18th FINA World Championships, in Gwangju, Korea, is less than a month away (July 12-28) and final venue and organisation preparations are being completed.

The modern village, that will be divided into three separate zones, is set to welcome the aquatic elite athletes as well as the officials and the international media covering the championships, while sports venues are also in the last stages of preparation to host FINA’s six disciplines.

A total of five venues will be in operation in Gwangju and Yeosu: The Gwangju’s Nambu University (swimming, water polo, diving) is the first venue in the nation to adopt a state-of-the-art operation system to provide the best water quality for the athletes and is on the path to become one of Asia’s most user friendly swimming facilities. The temporary water polo field will be built on a football pitch adjacent to the University. After the competition, the football field will be restored to its initial purpose.

While Gwangju’s strengths lie in the quality of the venues, an efficient transportation plan, suitable accommodation, excellent TV production and good promotion plan, the local Organising Committee is assuring that the city is ready to welcome FINA showcase, the third in Asia after Fukuoka (JPN, 2001) and Shanghai (CHN, 2011).

Confident of an excellent outcome next July, FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione said:

The Gwangju proposal was quite attractive and we knew Korea had an enormous potential to organise a major event of this calibre. Your country has hosted the summer and winter Olympic Games, as well as many other international events, and this accumulated experience is a precious asset to ensure a successful organisation of the FINA World Championships. The Gwangju bid was quite solid and we have received those guarantees from both the city of Gwangju, but also from the Government of Korea.

President Maglione added:

The event will generate a lot of interest from the youth and children all around the country. Many of today’s stars have initiated and are excelling in aquatic sports after watching their heroes on the TV screens during their childhood. I am sure that some future Korean stars will say, in some years from now, that it all started by following their idols at these FINA World Championships in Gwangju.

Take a look at the competition schedule on FINA website and follow the action this summer on FINAtv.

Fina Communications

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